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Ithaca Police look to raise funds for K-9 unit

Ithaca Police look to raise funds for K-9 unit

The financially strapped Ithaca Police Department is looking to add a K-9 unit, something they haven’t had for years.

The IPD is asking for donations to offset the costs towards re-establishing a Dual Purpose K-9 Team, adding to its growing number of valuable resources available to fight crime and improve police-community relations.

The goal is to raise $50,000, which would cover the purchase of a dog, its training, and the cost of equipping and maintaining a K-9 specific police vehicle.

IPD officials say a K-9 team will enhance the protection of officers during critical incidents, including those where violence from offenders is feared, the search for missing persons or suspects, and searching a building at alarm activation.

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