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K-9 Unit

On September 18, 2018, Chief Foulke annouced that Officer Howard Statz was chosen as the departments first K-9 handler and that Officer Statz would be spearheading fundraising efforts to get the program off the ground.  Through a rigorous research process, the department has decided that a “dual purpose” K9 would best serve our department, citizens, and community as a whole. The “dual purpose” K9 will have the following capabilities: 

  • Community Relations - Dogs are often able to break down barriers that may exist between officers and citizens and often serve as an excellent conversation piece. The main way our K9 would make a positive impact would be serving as an ambassador for the department. 

  • Officer and Citizen Safety - The K9 will be trained to search buildings and structures that could potentially contain dangerous suspects. This means our officers may be exposed to less danger just by virtue of the K9’s presence. Often times, the mere presence of the K9 is enough to safely deescalate a dangerous situation, keeping officers and citizens safe. 

  • Tracking - K9s are able to search for individuals, sometimes even hours later. They can be utilized in cases of missing children, adults, or dangerous subjects. 

  • Evidence Location - The K9 can locate items containing human scent that may have been dropped or discarded by subjects after committing a crime. 

  • Narcotics Detection - A K9 trained in the detection of narcotics is able to alert to the odor of several different illegal drugs and can help officers locate hidden drugs. With the assistance of a K9, potentially dangerous drugs can be kept off of the street. 

As we have seen many times recently, our officers make a positive impact in the community on a daily basis. Keeping this in mind, the K9 unit is seeking financial support to get this important project off the ground. Your donations can and will have a lasting impact on the Middleton Police Department and the citizens of the City of Middleton. 

Funds can be donated several different ways. The K9 fundraising account is built into the department’s MiCOPP account, which is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

  1. Checks can be made out to: “MiCOPP K9 FUNDRAISING ACCT” and mailed to Middleton Police Department, Attn: K9 Officer, 7341 Donna Dr, Middleton WI 53562.
  2. Donations can also be made in person at any Monona State Bank location. Find a location by clicking here.
  3. Online with credit/debit card or PayPal
     

Additional fundraising events will be announced in the coming weeks and months.  Meetings can be scheduled with K9 Officer Howard Statz (hstatz@ci.middleton.wi.us), or his supervisor, Sergeant Scott Moen (smoen@ci.middleton.wi.us).

Thank you for your consideration, we are excited for this opportunity and are confident that the Police K9 will help the department continue to provide a high level of police services to the fine citizens of our great city. 

Officer Howard Statz 
K9 Officer 
(608)824-7398 ext 7428 
hstatz@cityofmiddleton.us

 

 

 

 

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