Berkley K-9 Program
Over the years, in our little town of Berkley, Michigan, we have had multiple residents leave their homes and be reported missing. Some are elderly. Some are struggling with mental health. Some are children. In all cases, having a tracking dog would have helped bring about a good ending to a terrifying problem. Simply put, a K-9 unit extends the capabilities of our team.
Why We Need a K-9 Program
Why We Need a K-9 Program
Therefore, our Public Safety Department is inviting families and businesses to support our campaign to raise $30,000 for our own K-9 unit! K-9 units are typically funded entirely by donations from the community.
Who We Are
Officer Brian Anderson was selected as the K-9 handler because of his outstanding work ethic, his commitment and dedication to the residents of Berkley.
An accomplished officer, in 2019, Officer Anderson was recognized for his dedication to getting impaired drivers off the streets. He received the MADD Lifesavers Outstanding Officer Award because Officer Anderson made more impaired driving arrests than any other officer in the state of Michigan - 117, to be exact. That was also the most ever for any Berkley officer, and more than 50 arrests than the next closest officer in the state. Seventeen of those suspects were repeat offenders. You can watch the Fox 2 video here!.
Officer Anderson is also a big dog lover and works well with young people. He’ll be mentored by Officer Schewe, an experienced K-9 handler.
Officer Dan Schewe has been a police officer since 1998 working with various police departments in the Metro-Detroit area and has been with the Berkley Public Safety Department for the last five years.
Officer Schewe is an experienced K-9 handler who served with his K-9 partner, Xander, for a total of nine years within three different departments and communities. He is serving as a mentor to Officer Anderson in his role as a K-9 handler.
What the Program Would Provide
- Track missing people – we want all residents to be safe and find them if they are lost.
- Track illegal substances – drug abuse is on the rise, exacerbated by the pandemic.
- Locate evidence and suspects – items that are stolen or left behind as part of a crime scene, building searches.
- Build bonds with the community – we especially seek to form connections with children and teens through a presence in the schools. A trained officer and a dog speaking to a room of students initiate a conversation around the perils of drug and alcohol abuse. Relationships are formed between students and the officer, which makes it far more likely for students to reach out for help.
- Partnership with local communities – K-9 units have a reciprocal partnership relationship with surrounding communities.
Ways to Donate
Ways to Donate
- Donations can also be made via check payable to "Berkley Public Safety Department" and entering "K-9 Fund" on the memo line. You can drop off your donation via the City Hall secure dropbox (located at 3338 Coolidge Hwy. Berkley MI 48072).
- Please ensure that you have your donation in a sealed envelope and it is clearly labeled "For Berkley K-9 Program."
- For a receipt to be sent to you, please also include a self-addressed stamped envelope within the envelope with your donation, and we will mail you a receipt. If you do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your donation we will assume you will use your copy of the check as your receipt.
- Receipts can also be emailed to you as long as you include your preferred email address with your donation.
- You can also donate via our Fundly page here.
All donations are tax-deductible.
- Every dollar counts – Any amount you choose to give will be greatly appreciated! No donation is too small!
- “Paw Paw Puppy” Sponsorship ($100) – Paw Print Thank You Card from our K
- “Bow Wow” Sponsorship ($250) – K-9 Challenge Coin
- “Good Dog” Sponsorship ($500) – T-shirt & K-9 Challenge Coin
- “Blue Ribbon” Sponsorship ($1000) – Blue Ribbon Plaque & Plaque of sponsorship names housed at the Public Safety building
- “Best of Show” Sponsorship ($2,000) – Best of Show Plaque & Plaque of sponsorship names housed at the Public Safety building
- “Top Dog” Sponsorship ($7,000) – Top Dog Plaque, dinner, and a movie with the K-9!
How the Donations Will Be Used
The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise money for two years worth of expenses. Our goal is to maximize the benefit of this amazing program in our community for years to come.
Current Budget Breakdown
Budget Line Item Breakdown
|Berkley Public Safety K-9 Program||Estimated Budget Expenses|
|K9 Medical Bag||$489.00|
|Training (K9 First Aid)||$500.00|
Additional Questions or Inquiries?
If you are interested in donating or have questions, contact Lieutenant Jordan Kobernick at 248-658-3387 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.