Sarcoxie starts fund for police canine training

The City of Sarcoxie has opened a new fund with the Sarcoxie Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible donations to train a new canine partner for the Police Department.

The Sarcoxie Police Department’s current canine partner, Kane, is ready for retirement. Kane joined the force with Police Cpl. Melvin Nay when they both came to Sarcoxie about three years ago. During Kane’s tenure, he also assisted other communities in Jasper County, including Joplin during the 2011 tornado search and recovery efforts.

Cpl. May has a strong prospect for a new canine partner that he believes would respond well to the necessary training to perform canine police work. The Police Department, however, does not have funding available for this training.

The City established the new K-9 Dog Training Project Fund to accept donations to help support the training program. So far, the fund has raised more than $6,500 toward a goal of $8,000. The cost is approximately $6,000 for the two-month canine training program, plus travel expenses for two weeks for the officer to train with the canine. Any additional funds raised will help support the ongoing K-9 program at the Sarcoxie Police Department.

“The community has supported having a canine for the Police Department and we want to continue to provide that service,” Mayor Don Triplett said. “We don’t get complaints, we get compliments.”

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by check to the Sarcoxie Community Foundation K-9 Dog Training Fund at P.O. Box 77, Sarcoxie, MO 64862. Donations also can be made online at: cfozarks.org/donate.

Mayor Triplett said he wanted to establish the fund through the Sarcoxie Community Foundation to create an additional level of security and credibility for donors.

“Anytime you get donations involved, it is better to have a third party hold it,” he said.

For more information about this new fund, contact SCF President Gary Turner at turner.gary.69@gmail.com; or 825-3036, or Mayor Triplett at mayor@sarcoxiemo.com.

The Sarcoxie Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, a public charitable foundation serving donors, 45 affiliated foundations, more than 500 nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri.

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