West Terre Haute Police Department Welcomes New K-9 Officer
WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO / WAWV) – An indispensable member of law enforcement is sworn in to the West Terre Haute Police Department.
Officer Bree is the third K9 officer in the history of the department and the first in two years.
WTHPD chief William Barks says the addition of a K9 fills a notable void.
“It’s something that we missed, we missed having a K-9. You would have to call other agencies and maybe waste precious time. In some situations we have to act quickly, ”said Bark. “Relaunching a dog program is huge for the department. “
First Class Patroller and now K-9 Handler, Carl Wassberg came up with the idea of acquiring a new dog. Wassberg raised thousands of dollars in donations for Bree.
“A lot of preparatory work, door to door. The support has been incredible, ”he said.
Officials say she is young. Bree’s natural instincts and quickness will benefit surrounding agencies.
“It’s not just a need for West Terre Haute. Bringing Bree in and making that commitment literally benefits everyone in the county. We plan to help everyone in the area, ”Wassberg said. “I knew right away she was the dog I wanted.”
While WTHPD aspires to develop its K-9 unit, it has encountered funding difficulties.
This includes expenses such as training, bite equipment, cage construction in police cars and food, Wasberg said, said feeding a K-9 can cost nearly $ 1,000 a year. .
“We don’t have money in our budget for Kindergarten to Grade 9. Everything for her must come from me, which suits me, or from donations. Other agencies, they may have a budget, but I promise you they are suffering. It’s expensive, ”he said.
One of the officials’ future goals is to budget for Kindergarten to Grade 9.
The department is training a bloodhound on how to follow.
Going forward, Chief Bark says he is anticipating future K-9s to help in areas of concern in the Wabash Valley.
“Not just West Terre Haute, the Wabash Valley has drug issues and apprehensions with people fleeing us. A K-9 officer who shows up on time is so helpful compared to having nothing and strictly manpower ”,
Bark adds that four dogs could be working very soon.
Constable Bree will specialize in tracking and detecting narcotics such as methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin. Training begins September 6.