Hi-Crush Inc. is pleased to announce that it will provide a major part of the funding necessary for a new police dog in Independence, Wisconsin. For the last nine years, the Independence Police Department has utilized a yellow lab named Certain for narcotics detection and tracking purposes. Certain is now reaching the end of his service life, and Hi-Crush is proud to help the city continue this vital program.
Hi-Crush will give the City of Independence $27,000 to help secure a $33,000 grant from the USDA-Rural Development. This collective $60,000 grant will cover the expenses of a new dog, the training for both dog and handler, and modifications to a police vehicle to make it suitable for a K9 unit. The City of Independence’s new service dog will be named “Crush” in recognition of the company’s contributions.
“We are happy to support the communities in which we work,” said Hi-Crush Chief Financial Officer Laura Fulton. “We live and work here as well, and it means a lot to us to know our police officers have the resources they need to do their jobs well. Certain has enabled law enforcement to do many important jobs from detecting illegal drugs to assisting with search and rescue, and we’re proud that the newest edition to Independence’s K9-force will bear our name as he continues this important work.”
The Independence Police Department added that they are thankful for the assistance from Hi-Crush. “Certain has been a great asset to the Independence Police Department not only as a resource against crime, but as a resource to connect with the public. Certain has been used to help with school safety as well as opening doors of communication with the public and our youth,” said the department. “The USDA-Rural Development program assisted with the funding for a new K-9 unit, while the remaining balance was graciously donated by Hi-Crush, enabling the Police Department to better use budget funds for other operating needs.”
The City of Independence first began the process of creating a Police K9 program to serve the city and surrounding area in 2007. A long-standing K9 program in an adjacent municipality was retired, prompting the Independence Police Department to apply for the USDA-Rural Development program in 2008 and again this year as Certain prepares to retire. Independence is located on a major state highway that runs between two interstate corridors and two metro areas known for narcotics distribution, the department said. The Independence Police Department made it a mission of making Certain is available to not only Independence police officers, but to further investigations of illegal narcotics throughout Trempealeau and Buffalo Counties, when called.
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