(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department is starting a fund raising campaign to help with expenses associated with its K-9 patrol unit. Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says the fundraiser is to cover expenses that are not part of the city’s budget.
“Ace” is the Le Mars Police Dog K9 unit. He is a cross between a German Shepard and Belgian Malinois. Officer Rob Rohlmiller serves as the handler for “Ace.” He explains why the department is looking to upgrade the cage facilities inside the patrol car.
Rohlmiller says “Ace” is capable of detecting narcotics and other drugs, plus tracking, as well as with article searches.
The Le Mars K9 dog has performed well at recent police dog competitions.
Chief Vande Vegte says having a K9 unit is an important part of the Le Mars Police Department, and “Ace” serves an important role.
Vande Vegte explains how the community can help with the fundraiser and help support the local K9 unit.
The Le Mars Police Department has already received generous contributions from the Le Mars Toy Store and Stockton’s Preferred Auto Body and Graphics. People wishing to contribute can contact the Le Mars Police Department.4