Car offered for police K9 unit

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – They don’t have the dog yet, but the Plymouth Police Department could soon have a car for their proposed K9 unit.

Police Chief Jeff Tauscheck told the City Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee Tuesday that Chuck Van Horn Dodge is willing to sell the department a police package 2014 Dodge Charger they have in stock to use as a K9 car.

“They’re willing to sign the title over to the city and wait to be paid until enough money is raised,” Tauscheck told the committee.

The committee voted unanimously to recommend that the council accept the offer from Van Horn. The council is expected to take final action at their April 14 meeting.

The police department is in the midst of a fund-raising campaign with a goal of $60,000 to get the program up and running.

The effort includes a GoFundMe campaign site ( which has raised nearly $3,000 to date, Tauscheck told the committee.

The department has also received another $10,000 in local donations, he added.

Local businesses and corporations have also been contacted for donations, according to Tauscheck, with good results thus far.

One local corporation, he said, has already pledged $10,000 in exchange for having its logo placed on the car, and two other companies have expressed similar interest for a total of another $15,000.

“I’m a lot more confident that we’ll make our goal,” Tauscheck told the committee.

The department has several upcoming fundraisers planned, including a dunk tank at Mill Street Fest in July. Culver’s will hold a fundraiser May 4, with 10 percent of sales that day going to the K9 Fund, and the American Legion will donate some of the proceeds from their Memorial Day brat fry to the project. A fundraising golf outing for the project is scheduled for September.

“It sounds like you could be up to $45,000 pretty quickly,” City Administrator Brian Yerges told Tauscheck.

In response to a question from committee chair Shawn Marcom, Tauscheck said the cost of the car was included in the projected $60,000 startup cost for the program.

The price for the car from Van Horn – which has less than 1,000 miles on it – is “right in the ballpark” for what was projected, he added. “We’re getting between $2,000 and $2,500 in options (on the car) that we don’t have to buy. The car should last for the life of the dog.”

The dog, a Labrador Retriever, will cost $6,000 from the vendor in Indiana, according to Tauscheck. That will include the cost of two weeks of training for the police officer handler in Indiana with the dog.

The annual cost for the K9 unit after the initial startup is projected at between $1,700 and $2,000, Tauscheck told the committee.

“One of the corporations is willing to help seed the program but they would like to see it move into a budgetary item (in future years). That’s only fair,” Tauscheck commented.

The chief said the department would look at fundraisers and grants to help finance the program in the future.

According to the department’s GoFund- Me page, the K-9 unit would be on day-today patrol with its handler and accessible for traffic stops, available for educational purposes to local schools and civic groups, and would fill the requests of local schools for canine searches throughout the school year. Canines can search a building in a fraction of the time it would take an officer.

The dog, which would be certified in detecting marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines, would be available to help combat illegal drug activity county-wide.

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