Donation will assist with training equipment for new K-9 partners

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

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Scott Matley, owner of Area Waste in Kalkaska, stands with Officer Cole Nagy and his K-9 partner, 10-month-old Spencer, a purebred German shepherd, after Area Waste donated $500 to the Kalkaska Department of Public Safety. The donation will be used to help purchase training equipment for the new K-9 duo, according to KDPS officials. The village is also purchasing a new patrol vehicle that will be specifically equipped as a K-9 unit.

KALKASKA – For the first time in over a decade, the Kalkaska Department of Public Safety could soon have a K-9 unit as part of its duty roster.

And, the idea has already garnered community support. Area Waste recently donated $500 to the KDPS to help pay for training equipment for the soon-to-be canine officer.

Scott Matley, owner of Area Waste, said he’s been talking to village officials for months about the possibility of adding a K-9 unit back to the KDPS and wanted to help make it a reality.

“I think it’s a great tool for the village and for any law enforcement agency in the county to have,” Matley said. “Dogs are smart. I can’t believe law enforcement doesn’t utilize them more.”

To Matley, K-9 units can be an indispensable tool for search and rescue efforts, or in drug investigations.

“If I ever get lost, they’ll have a dog to find me,” he added.

KDPS Lt. Glenn Artress, himself a former K-9 handler, agrees about the value of adding such a resource.

“A K-9 unit is huge in the community, to not only curb crime, but detour it before it may happen just by presence and availability,” Artress said. “The K-9 unit is another tool that we can have in our corner for use to make our community a safe place to live and visit.”

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