The City Council of Fairbury recently voted to allow Fairbury’s police department to start raising funds for a K-9 unit. This is exciting news!
Unfortunately, drugs and narcotics are now everywhere. There was a time when this was only a problem in big communities, but it has now seeped into rural communities. A K-9 unit will give the department an edge in working on this problem.
“Specially trained dogs can be used in many areas of law enforcement such as officer protection, criminal apprehension, building searches, evidence recovery, crowd control, drug searches, tracking of wanted/missing people, and for informational programs that help build community relations.” said Police Chief Mark Travis.
In order to make this concept a reality in the City of Fairbury, the Fairbury Police Department will need the communities help in the form of financial fundraising. A new, special vehicle outfitted for the dog will cost up to $60,000. The dog and the training is approximately another $12,000. There are other incidental costs such as laying a concrete pad for the dog, along with a fence, etc.
Therefore, the department is looking to raise $80,000 to $100,000 to acquire a K-9 unit. The intention is to set up a permanent fund that can keep the program going after the first K-9 retires.
As a 501(c)3 organization, Prairie Lands Foundation will be accepting donations on behalf of this project. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Prairie Lands Foundation with Fairbury PD K-9 fund in the memo. Donations can be taken to the Fairbury Police Department during business hours 8-4pm or mailed to:
Fairbury Police Department
Attn: Fairbury PD K9 Fund
201 W. Locust St.
Fairbury, IL. 61739
“This is exciting. Not only will the dog help in finding existing issues, but we believe it will act as a deterrent in our community.” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire Antiques & Accents and coordinator of the Specialty Shops.
“This also gives us hope for an even better platform to teach our youth at a young age to never touch drugs as they are dangerous. Having a wonderful dog in our community to help facilitate this teaching process is a good thing,” continues Bobbi.
“We hope our community will come forward quickly to raise these funds!” concludes Bobbi.
Please call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 with any ideas, comments, or suggestions, or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com