Hi, I am a Sergeant in NJ and would like to start up a k9 unit for my municipality. I need as much info from any police k9 handlers as possible such as cost, grants, training, and most importantly selling it to the town for approval. My chief is on borad but ultimately it comes down to cost. I currently own a GSD right now which i bought from a breeder who does all the training so i am familiar with the amount of time that goes into the training. I appreciate any help and info. thanks
IMO, 'selling it' the town's council / board will be your biggest issue to start with. Then, there's the budget issue. Do you have a line item in the budget you can use? If not, here is a suggestion/ possible solution:
I know of one department that did not have funding,
They got private donations from the community to start up their K9 program. They were able to outfit the dog , equip the vehicle with cage, auto door opener, etc. and training certification on the dog was done by an in-house certified K9 handler.
Local businesses donated food, local vet donated all vet care.
NOTE: There has to be an addendum to your SOP regarding the K9, by your Chief. Also, the city's insurance carrier will have to be notified.
THE DOG HAS TO BE CERTIFIED BY A RECOGNIZED POLICE K9 ASSOCIATION...and this certification is required annually.
(also, the training of the K9 will be considered overtime and will be an issue to consider)
It was important that the dog had positive public exposure and the dog was used for several community events ...boy scouts, nursing homes, schools etc...in addition to police duties.
After the initial start up, and successful first year, A line item was then put into the city's budget as the K9 had shown success/ proven its worth the year before.
Just a suggestion. - Kat