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Public helps fund Polson Police Service Dog program

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The Polson Police Department will soon have a new member on the force thanks to support from the community. 

According to a press release from the Polson Police Department, an officer will start handler training with a new Police Service Dog (PSD) in the fall.

Private donors helped to raise more than $10,700 for PSD program.  

The department says the PSD Team will be trained primarily for narcotics detection and will play a vital role "in the seizure of contraband and detecting the odors of dangerous drugs." 

More information about the PSD program is expected in the coming months. 

Full press release from the Polson Police Department below:

We have always been committed to a partnership with members and guests of our community that inspires confidence in all to make Polson a safe and pleasant place to live, work, learn and play. When we asked for the public’s help in pursuing a new Police Service Dog (PSD) program our community stepped up and partnerships were formed. The community came up with fundraisers on our behalf and the donations poured in to ensure that we could adequately fund the needed program.

We pride ourselves on being policing professionals who safeguard our taxpayers’ investment and as such we take full advantage of every resource available to us and we inform the community on their investment. Some donors wished to remain private while others allowed us to celebrate their gifts and today we are proud to announce that $10,772 have been gifted to your PPD for the Canine Unit. We would like to thank Doctors Sherry and Ross of Polson, Ellen Achenbaugh of Polson, Josh Morigeau Attorney at Law, Matthew and Nancy Dougherty of Polson, Blodgett Creamery LLC, Mission Valley Elk’s Lodge #1695, Laura Miskimins LivFit Charity Bootcamp Kids, Ray and Ann Wooldridge and the Greater Polson Community Foundation.

Because of these wonderfully generous donations we will be sending an officer to begin Handler Training with a new PSD in the Fall. The PSD Team will be trained for narcotics detection. The team will play a vital role in the seizure of contraband and detecting the odors of dangerous drugs. More information will be available on the new PSD program in the coming months. We wanted to take this time to express our sincere appreciation of all the donations we received for this program. Our vision is to be recognized as the premier law enforcement agency in Montana by our community as well as our visitors and to be worthy of such recognition. Your support lets us know we are achieving our goal. THANK YOU!

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