Vinita Park K-9

Vinita Park Police Department is a small municipality in North  St. Louis County.  They are implementing a K-9 unit, and will be acquiring a narcotics-detecting Laborador in 2015.  All funds for purchase of the dog, training for both K-9 and handler P.O. Doug Leonard, and for all necessities to keep the dog safe and healthy on the job must come from grants and charitable donations. 

The use of the canine can be advantageous in search
warrant executions, tracking fleeing suspects, building and vehicle searches, and public relations.

The use of canines in police work date back to the 14
th Century in St. Malo France where canines were used to guard dock installations (Northern Constabulary Police Dog Section, 2003). They were also used in Paris in 1895 to combat the street gangs. In 1896, Ghent, Belgium was the first city in the world to formulate
a school where dogs could be trained for law enforcement purposes (RCMP Police Dog Service
, 2003). New York City established canine programs in 1907. Since then, over 1,000 American forces have had units for short and extended periods of time.
Canines were used during World War I and II where dogs acted as messengers, tracking, locating the wounded, and for spotting machine gun nests.

Every dollar donated will go toward essentials for the K-9.  We appreciate your help, and will keep you updated on the progress of this program as it moves forward.NarcBark


  • VI-Jon, Inc.  
    • $2,500 (Offline)
    • 75 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 77 mos
  • Judy Abbott 
    • $100 
    • 77 mos
  • Cathy Jaeger 
    • $25 
    • 77 mos
  • Colten Brown 
    • $20 
    • 77 mos
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Doug Christopher 
Overland, MO
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