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
- 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
Tracking - K9s are
able to search for individuals, sometimes even hours later. They can
be utilized in cases of missing children, adults, or dangerous
- The K9 can locate items containing human scent that may have been
dropped or discarded by subjects after committing a crime.
- 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
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.
Donations can also be made in person at any Monona State Bank
location. Find a location by clicking
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org),
or his supervisor, Sergeant Scott Moen (email@example.com).
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
Officer Howard Statz
(608)824-7398 ext 7428