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Coalition seeks golfers for K9 cop fundraiser

The Streator Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is in the middle of raising funds to support a drug-detecting dog for the Streator Police Department.

Police Chief Jeff Anderson told the drug coalition Thursday the $9,500 German shepherd named Cliff arrived from Germany last week. The police dog is expected to train for five to six weeks in Indiana, and then an officer will be selected to train an additional two weeks with the dog. Anderson has not chosen an officer yet as caretaker.

The coalition will host a golf play day 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Twin Creeks Golf Course to help cover the cost of the dog. The four-person best ball scramble will be $50 to enter and include 18 holes, cart, food and prizes, including chances to win an autographed White Sox jersey, ball or tickets.

The group is purchasing the dog and the department’s drug fund will pay for caretaking expenses.

Tee signs also are available for $100 to sponsor the event. With a purchase, the sponsor will receive $35 off an entry to play.

The coalition is selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a 40-inch LCD TV and Blu-Ray player donated by Shaw Appliance. Other prizes range from $50 to $250. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six and can be purchased at Streator Onized Credit Union, with winners drawn at the play day. Winners do not have to be present.

To play, sponsor a tee or get more information call Twin Creeks at 815-672-4220. Donations can be sent to John Washko, 1619 N. 1590th Rd., Streator, IL, 61364. The group is a 501c3 organization.

Coalition at Cruise Night
The Streator Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be in front of Hombakers Auto at Main and Sterling streets for Cruise Night on Saturday.

They will be face painting and passing out balloons that read "Drugs don’t fly with me."

The Elks anti-drug trailer will also be present with displays and messages. The coalition is looking for volunteers to help and possibly dress up as Elroy the Elk starting at 6 p.m.

Photo of two officers training with a member of the Canine Unit.

Canine Units

The Ottawa Police Canine Unit currently has fifteen working dogs in service.  Each dog is thoroughly tested before being accepted into the program and is expected to perform at a high level each and every day they come toPhoto of German Shephard named Gunner, a member of the Ottawa Police Canine Unit work.

Often police officers, as do members of the public, find themselves in harmful situations. Our service dogs provide an additional level of protection to our officers and the public when called upon to apprehend offenders. Our German Shepherds are trained for the most physically demanding tasks expected of a police dog:

  • they locate lost or missing people;
  • track wanted persons and potentially dangerous individuals; and
  • are called upon to provide support during tactical operations.

The Ottawa Police also has several detector dogs in service.  This specialized group, mostly Labs, are trained to detect everything from controlled drugs and substances, to explosives. Although it is not as physically demanding as the German Shepherds’ tasks, detection is every bit as important for the safety of our community.

Canines provides support to all sections within the Ottawa Police Service. When they’re not busy with day to day operations, the officers and their canine partners are often seen at community events, giving everyone a chance to see the dogs in action.

Contact a member of the Ottawa Police Canine Unit by use of this email form.

Photo of Constable training with Bo, a member of the Canine Unit.

Photo of Constable running an obstacle course with Bo, a member of the OPS Canine Unit.

Photo of Constable on the beach with Canine Unit member, Sniper.

Source:  The Ottawa Times

Derek Barichello, derekb@mywebtimes.com, 815-673-6372

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September 3, 2011 - Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets, Working and Military Dogs and Related | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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