|The Coos Bay Police Department has a long and successful history of utilizing canines for both narcotic detection and criminal apprehension. The Police Department’s Canine Program began in 1975 with three utility dog teams and has maintained an active canine program ever since. Our agency currently has two drug detection teams on active duty. K-9 “Katie” is handled by Sr. Officer Brian Looney and K-9 “Ben” is handled by Officer Rob Scoville.
Not long ago, K-9 “Dak” retired from patrol, leaving our Department with no utility/patrol canine. With the increase of person crimes, property crimes, and patrol staffing levels, we would benefit from having a utility/patrol canine. In a lot of situations, these canines greatly decrease the amount of man power and time needed to locate, search for, and apprehend suspects. Furthermore, as a smaller agency in our rural area of the Oregon Coast, we have also successfully used to our utility/patrol canines in search and rescue applications as well.
The replacement of a utility/patrol canine would provide great benefits to our entire community, our citizens, and neighboring law enforcement partners and would aid us in our continual fight against crime in our community. However, given the current budget constraints, we have had to start fundraising and soliciting donations in order to replace our utility/patrol canine.
Recently, our fundraising efforts have included soliciting community members for donations and even hosting a golf tournament that raised money toward the purchase and care of the canine. We are extremely grateful to all who participated in the golf tournament and to all who have graciously donated to the Canine Program.
We are also very happy to announce that we are nearing our goal and are very optimistic that we will have our new canine purchased by the end of the year. Once again, the Coos Bay Police Department thanks the community for their continued support.