To serve and protect: Madison’s exceptional police dogs help keep the city safe
Read this interesting article in the current issue of The Isthmus Paper: “The Wells Fargo Bank near East Towne Mall was robbed in February. When Madison police officers arrived………………” (read more)
Police Officer Nick Eull – K9 Frees On Duty!
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The Madison Police Department has announced the assignment of this new team. After extensive training in North Carolina, Police Officer Eull and K9 Frees have assumed their duties protecting the Madison community. Capital K9s welcomes these two members of the canine unit. Funding through Capital K9s was made possible by a generous donation of Midwest Family Broadcasting.
MADISON (WKOW) –Madison Police Officer Rose Mansavage has two partners, K9 Officers Marty and Falco. She jokes, “I see them more than my kids, my husband. It’s 24/7. Every day!”Officers Marty and Falco work and live with Officer Mansavage, so they have a very tight bond. In fact, try to get their attention and you’ll have a hard time. They are so in tune with her, they tend to not pay attention to much else. They are always waiting for a command from her.
Officers Marty and Falco, like the other K9 officers with the Madison Police Department do mostly detector work. Officer Mansavage says, “We’re constantly checking drugs in vehicles, checking buildings. We’re also doing a lot of tracking.”
That’s something that saved a Madison man’s life recently. Stephen Nelsen, who has dementia, wandered off. Two K9 officers were able to track his scent and help mounted patrol officers find him.
In most city-run K9 units, taxpayers foot the bill. But in Madison, they never have. The non-profit agency Capital K9s was founded 10 years ago and raises money throughout the year. It pays for just about everything: the dogs, their training, health care, food and equipment. Everything except the human officers’ salaries and benefits.
“That’s a significant contribution. The estimate is $50,000 to put a K9 officer on the street that’s $50,000 less taxpayer money that’s not coming from the city budget,” says Officer Mansavage.
Capital K9 Board Member Dan McIlroy says, “We’ve had a lot of drugs taken off the streets and when you look at those statistics you say ‘Wow, if we didn’t have a K9 team, where would we be?’ We see value to this and we want to help.”
The Capital K9 program has two big fundraisers. The 8th Annual Dog Paddle is September 7th at Goodman Pool. All dogs are allowed to swim there for a donation. To learn more about it, and the non-profit’s spring fundraiser, head to this website.
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Newly appointed to the K9 unit, Madison Police Officer Nick Eull and his canine partner, Frees, undergo extensive training in North Carolina.
This is what wrote:
Frees and I have been training together at Tarheel Canine in Sanford, NC since June 2. We’ve put in some long days in this North Carolina heat but our hard work is surely paying off. We continue to learn from each other and I’m certain the two of us will make a great team back in Madison. Some of the training topics we have tackled include narcotics detection, building/open area searches, bitework/aggression, tracking and obedience just to name a few.
I’ve attached an action photo which was taken while Frees and I were working through a “blind” vehicle sniff for narcotics. In this instance, Frees was tasked with sniffing the exterior of a car for illegal drugs. We didn’t know whether or not this vehicle actually had narcotics in it. Frees used his nose and found the drugs concealed in the engine compartment. His trained alert is a “sit and stare” at the source location which he did. He then awaits his reward for working which happened to be a rubber Kong toy.
This photo shows me throwing Frees’ Kong toy at the front grill where he has alerted to the odor of narcotics. It’s a pretty cool shot since the Kong is mere inches above his head while his eyes are still locked in on the car. The dog actually thinks that the toy magically appears from the car and doesn’t realize that I am the one who secretly “pays” him for working.
Introducing Sgt. Chris Boyd – a leader of the MPD K9 team.
Unique Birthday Celebration
A nine year-old boy celebrates his birthday in a very special way. Each year he asks his friends to set aside money that they would have spent to buy him birthday gifts. In turn, he donates this money to one or more charities. This year, Capital K9s received a meaningful donation from this very generous, civic-minded young man! In addition to helping support a very worthwhile endeavor, he is showing his friends that he truly knows the meaning of giving. Thanks Nick!
Here’s an opportunity to hear a presentation by MPD K9 Officer Carren Corcoran and Linda Zapata about the use of cadaver dogs in missing person cases and the cold case homicide of Jeanette Zapata, Linda’s mother.
All proceeds will go to Team Madison Police.
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