Nero with captured drugs
The Marquette Police Depatment needs your help!
Recently there has been an increase in drug activity within our community. The Marquette Police department acquired two new drug dogs to combat this threat. However, the purchase of these dogs have taken a signifigant financial burden on the department.
Drug labs require a LOT of money to properly clean up. All that cost is paid for by the Marquette Police Department as well.
This fundraiser is meant to give some relief to the department and help keep drugs out of our community.
A letter from police chief L. Michael Angeli...
In 2004, the Marquette City Police Department created it’s first ever K-9 Unit with the activation of Nero and his handler Sgt. Marty Munger. Nero was 2 years old when he first came to us with the hope of many years of service. The years, along with the strenuous work demands have added up for him and it’s become painfully apparent that it is time for Nero to retire.
MPD is asking for your help in aiding Nero’s retirement by helping us to fund one, and possibly two replacement dogs. Nero is a Belgian Shepherd known in the U.S. as a Malinois. It is bred in Belgium as a working dog primarily for protection, search and rescue, and police work. Nero’s work has been primarily in drug detection and searches and it would be my desire to continue with that same focus and with the same breed.
The K-9 Unit has been a great asset to MPD and our community. Not only has the K-9 Unit been utilized a great deal by MPD, but we often lend our services to other communities and law enforcement agencies when the need arises. In my opinion one of the greatest services that Nero provides is the periodic drug checks that we do in schools in conjunction with school administrators and other area K-9 units.
Because of our successes with Nero and the demands on one dog and one handler, I would like to service the Marquette community in the future with two Malinois (and two handlers) to work opposite shifts. The price of success is not cheap with the cost of an individual fully trained dog and handler at $10,500.00.
Marquette County is not immune to criminal activity. Illegal drug use continues to plague the community and we see it as one of our greatest threats. Additionally, we continue to see a rise in many crimes as a direct result of illegal drug activity including thefts and assaults with our most recent experience being a homicide.
I am happy to say that Nero has been a significant asset in helping us fight this growing problem and the addition of two new dogs will help us tremendously. I am asking you to consider making a monetary donation to the Marquette City Police Department to help us with the purchase of two new Malinois. If I didn’t truly believe in the need I would not ask.
Donations may be made directly to the Marquette City Police Department K-9 Fund, 300 W. Baraga Ave. Marquette, MI 49855. Thank you for your kind attention.
L. Michael Angeli, Chief
Marquette City Police Department
The police department has taken a significant financial hit as a result of cleaning up drugs in the community.
Even a small amount of drugs can cost over $2,000 to clean up
The Theta Iota chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Northern Michigan University has a tradition of pushing a bath tub on wheels across the U.P. in order to raise money for worthy causes.
This year we will be doing it for the Marquette Police Department in order to help them fund their k-9 unit
We believe it is essential to keep these drugs out of our community,and these dogs are the biggest thing keeping the drugs out.
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