Antioch resident and business owner Tim McCall, Genesis Landscape, has launched a fundraiser to help support the Antioch Police Department K9 unit.
McCall is hoping the community can help him raise $28,000 for a new police dog.
After living in Antioch for 34-years, McCall was looking to get involved in the community to help find a way to make things better and attended the most recent Citizens Academy put on by the police department.
Participants of the academy will be given the opportunity to experience some of the activities Law Enforcement Officers and department personnel perform as part of their duties. Hands-on experiences include fingerprinting, and problem solving. Interact with our K-9 and handler, and ride-along with an officer.
McCall took notice at the K9 unit which serves as great importance to police officers which is down to 4-dogs, leaving two shifts without a k9 on duty.
“During Citizen’s Academy I learned the importance of the work the dog does. They save the city a considerable amount of money if that’s even the concern,” explained McCall. “The work they do saves lives, removes dangerous criminals off our streets and locates missing children and evidence.”
McCall noted recently, two major incidents were resolved thanks to the K9 assistance–a carjacking out of Oakland that ended up in Antioch. They also tracked a suspect to a truck of a vehicle during a search which otherwise officers may not have located the suspect.
“Antioch police is understaffed and a K9 can do the work of several officers. Antioch police is underfunded and even with measure C needs additional funds,” said McCall. “When I spoke to Chief Brooks, he stated a new dog was needed and they are looking for funding.”
Chief Tammany Books said Thursday that although a police dog costs the city roughly $28,000, they are currently not funded and not in this years budget because they had not planned on premature k9 retirements and promotions of officers.
Chief Brooks said he was thankful for the efforts of McCall and members of the community who have donated.
“I am supportive of his, or anyone else’s legitimate efforts to raise money for programs that benefit our agency and our community,” said Brooks.
To donate: www.gofundme.com/K9yes
On Feb 14, 2018, Antioch Police K9 unit visits Mission Elementary School
The K9 Unit is called in instances when either a dangerous call is in progress, such as a burglary, robbery, or vehicle pursuit. The dogs are able to clear areas before officers approach on foot and perform area, canyon, or building searches for fleeing and hidden suspects. All K9s are trained in the areas of protection, searching, tracking, article searching and narcotics detection. The use of the K9s in our department enhances not only our efficiency, but our effectiveness in our efforts to apprehend criminal violators, locating missing persons and the locating of crucial items of evidence. All donations will go to purchase and train a new K9 unit for the Antioch Police Department.
Q. What is a K9 Officer?
A. A police dog, known in some English-speaking countries as a “K-9” or “K9” (a homophone of “canine”), is a dog that is specifically trained to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel.
Q. What do K9 Officers do?
A. K9 Officers are used to locate and subdue suspects or enemies, to provide security for sensitive or controlled areas, to locate suspects or find missing people or objects and to detect illicit substances such as drugs or explosives which may be carried on a person or in their effects.
Q. Why are dogs used for police work?
A. A dog team can search an area 50 times faster than a human and can smell up to 500,000 times better with a much-enhanced degree of certainty. A dog could smell a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water. K9s can differentiate between identical twins. Police Dogs Can Smell A Human Buried Up To 12 Feet Underground. K9s Have Been Trained To Sniff Out Electronics Like Hard Drives, Thumb Drives, And Other Pieces Of Technology To Find Illegal Data. For example, humans can smell beef stew cooking, whereas a K9 smells individual ingredients like the onions, carrots, and thyme. For that reason K9s are used to sweep venues for explosives, search buildings for narcotics and apprehend suspects on the run. These characteristics make K9 officers very valuable to our police departments.
Q. Where does a K9 Officer live?
A. While at work, the K9s are the officer’s partner. After work, they go home with the officers where they are truly part of the officer’s family. They enjoy the family home and family outings just like any other traditional pet. To say the least, the bond that develops between the officer and the canine is quite strong.
Q. Who pays for the K9s food, medical and other needs.
A. The handler takes care of the K9 just as you would love your own pet.
Q. How long does it take to train a K9 Officer?
A. A dog is chosen for their special characteristics. Once chosen, it takes about 10 weeks to train one.
Q. How long does a K9 Officer work for the police department?
A. Police K9 office has an average career of 6 to 8 years.
Q. What happens to a K9 Officer once he is no longer able to work?
A. The K9 Handler is allowed to purchase the dog for $1.00. The dog will continue to live with the officer as a family pet.
Q. Why should I donate to help purchase a new K9?
A. Most police departments are under funded and have many positions that need filling. A K9 can save a city money and can do the work of several human officers. K9s save lives, find missing children and take dangerous criminals off the street. The question is, what are you waiting for?