We need your help to expand our current K-9 program.
The Bend Police Department K9 Program was established in the early 1980’s. The department primarily deployed German Shepards which were cross-trained in narcotics as well as criminal apprehension. Since the programs inception, the Bend Police Department has had an active roll in providing Police K9 services to the communities of Central Oregon. The program has fluctuated from two to four police dogs. Currently, there are only two criminal apprehension patrol dogs. Officer Erick Supplee handles “Zlatan” and Officer James Kinsella deploys “Haras.”
THIS WE KNOW:
- Highway 97 is a major drug trafficking highway with millions of dollars of illegal drugs and narcotics travelling though our community each year.
- The use of narcotic detection K-9’s are one of the most effective tools in combating the drug problem.
- A large majority of all person and property crimes that occur within the City of Bend are related to illegal drugs.
- The Bend Police Department (BPD) does not have the necessary tools to most effectively combat the drug problem and prevent these crimes in our community.
- BPD also commonly investigates missing person cases. These cases often involve missing children and elderly persons.
- BPD has become heavily reliant on outside agencies for assistance with drug detection and advanced tracking K9’s.
- There are some financial impacts and limitations the BPD has to absorb when relying on outside agency assistance.
- Our goal is to expand our current K-9 program to include two drug detection K-9’s and one tracking dog so that we can better address the needs of our community.
- The recent economic decline has resulted in diminished and reduced budgets, which prevents the BPD from supporting this expansion.
We need your help!
Please contact us for more information (541) 322-6362