Algona Police Looking for Funding for a Dual Purpose Canine Officer

The Algona Police Department is currently engaged in a fundraising campaign to replace one of the department’s two canines. “Jet” is one of the region’s only bomb detection dogs and she is nearing retirement. Officer Grant Smith explains the role of the future canine officer

The canine officer will have to go through training which is rigorous and intensive, but necessary in order to perform at a top level.

The dog isn’t the only one who will have to go through training, however.

The training will be extensive for both handler and the canine officer. However, the Algona Police Department is ready.

The department says that for this purchase to become reality, the public’s financial support is a must. So they are looking to get financial assistance to first purchase and then train the canine team.


The department has received several contributions thus far, but much more needs to be raised.

Those who simply want to mail a check can send it, with the words “Canine Unit” in the Memo Line to the Algona Police Department, 121 W. State Street, Algona, IA 50511

The Algona Police Canine Program was started in 1987 through a partnership between the city and Snap On Tools as a result of a series of bomb threats at it’s Algona production plant. The department’s other canine “Puma” is also a dual purpose dog, which specializes in drug detection.

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