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Sheriff’s Department Begins Fundraising Campaign For K9 Unit – Plushies And Challenge Coins Available

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Deputy Terry Tifft and K9 Riggs
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Starting Monday, March 11th, 2024, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department (KSD) will officially start accepting donations to support the K9 Unit. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department gifts those who donate a K9 Plushie of the Department’s K9s and/or the K9 unit’s challenge coin as a thank you.

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The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 Unit will gift those who donate $20 or more a K9 plushie or a challenge coin. (i.e. $100 donation could equal 5 coins/plushies or a combination of both)

There will be an initial limit of five (5) plushies/coins gifted per person. Donations of any amount are welcome.

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All gifts may be picked up at The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s front counter located in the Public Safety Building (1000 55th Street).

Accepted forms of payment include cash paid in person, check (payment addressed to “Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department”), and an online payment system that the donor will need to bring a receipt to receive their gift.

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The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department also partnered with The Lettering Machine (https://theletteringmachine.com/tlm_retail/shop/home) to produce and sell a KSD K9 Unit clothing line. Please visit their website to make that purchase which also benefits the KSD K9 Unit.The entire Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department would like to sincerely thank our community, The Lettering Machine, and the Kenosha County Board for the continued support we receive and thank our community for any assistance they can provide in supporting our K9 Unit.

The entire Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department would like to sincerely thank our community, The Lettering Machine, and the Kenosha County Board for the continued support we receive and thank our community for any assistance they can provide in supporting our K9 Unit.

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A family-friendly fundraising event will be announced soon as well.

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  1. Can someone explain WHY the K9 program is not paid for and not a budget item for the county ?

    When we consider the chasing speed, smelling ability, tracking both criminals and lost children or elderly residents, why isn’t the purchase, training, housing and daily care considered a budget item ?

    I’ve been told this “could” run nearly 100K initially with a few hundred or more a month in food and veterinary cost.

    Yet considering the “value” and success of most every interaction the dog will have, we still don’t pay for and have more sworn K9s in service.
    Not to mention the immeasurable safety aspect of defending and assisting the human officer !

    Somebody please explain ?

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    1. Good question. I might guess tight budgets and levy limits play a part here. I also think the canine program is good and should be part of the budget.

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    2. I agree! the K-9 unit is such a valuable aspect of the police force that you would think it would be a budgeted item

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  2. What is this money being used for? “Supporting the k9 unit” is pretty vague and should already be getting paid for with our tax dollars.

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  3. Because nobody wants to fund anything in the public sphere. Education. Law and order. Health. Roads. You name it. Race to the bottom as we complete the handover to the private monied class.

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    1. Privatization is what we need more of. Instead we have greedy and useless Unions taking the lions share of the tax money.

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  4. Shouldn’t even be drug canines. They’ve got a 27% accuracy and are too easily manipulated by their handlers & external stimuli.

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    1. While canines certainly have a purpose with law enforcement, i have to agree with you scooby. Some studies claim as much as 33%. Still not acceptable.

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  5. Valuable asset for our county and law enforcement officers. Don’t talk about budgeting and taxes. Help is requested from the public they serve.
    Provide it!

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    1. I will donate.

      But I am merely asking, what is it about dogs that make them unemployable by the sheriffs department ? This is done all over.

      Is there an explainable connection between paying for them and something else ?

      Your comment seems very,
      “Just shut up and do as I say !!!”
      A little………. (fill in your own….)

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  6. I will definitely always support the K9’s! The fact they can sniff out about anything gets these losers off our streets & interstate. Excellent job with training!

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