The purpose of this fundraising effort is to obtain funds to purchase a police canine for use in the Town of Groton. The Groton Police Department serves a community of approximately 41,000 residents and 31 square miles. We currently have two canine handlers assigned to the K9 Unit on two different shifts, leaving one shift void of a canine team.
Canine teams play a vital role in crime deterrence, crime prevention, evidence recovery, and suspect apprehension. Specifically, police canines have the ability and are utilized to track humans, search for and locate drugs, as well as search for and locate evidence. Currently with severe budget cuts to the police department, we are unable to afford the purchase of a third police canine. Recent quotes have shown the average price of a quality police canine to be approximately $7,000.00, not including training for the handler and canine, canine equipment, and other various costs throughout the canine's career. The funds obtained through this fundraiser would be used towards the purchase and training of a third police canine for the Groton Police Department.
Additionally to calls for service within Groton, the Groton Police K9 Teams are able to and have consistently responded to the surrounding towns and cities for service calls related to suspect tracking, narcotics searches, and evidence recovery. A purchase of a police canine would not only benefit the Town of Groton, but it would also benefit residents and businesses in the surrounding towns and cities as well.
Thank you for you time and support!
- Groton Police K9 Unit