In January 2010 the Lone Peak Public Safety District Board gave approval to the Lone Peak Police to move forward with fund raising efforts to start the Departments first ever Canine Program.
Over the ensuing year more than $12,000 was raised from numerous sources. These included donations by the Officers, Bank of American Fork, Kohler's Grocery, The Moritary Family through the Alpine Christmas Concert, and many, many more including private citizens, the business community, and anonymous donations.
Due to these generous donations the Police Department was able to purchase not one, but two police dogs.
In April 2011 Officer's traveled to Bullocks Kennel in North Carolina. While there two dogs were selected that would suit the needs of the Department.
Both dogs and handlers spent several weeks in North Carolina in an initial training and trial period. After returning to Utah, again both dogs and handlers attended the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training K9 Academy. This particular academy focused on narcotics detection. All four (Dogs and Handlers) completed the academy and are now certified by the State of Utah. In October 2011 both Ringo and Officer Beardshall returned to the Academy to complete the patrol and apprehension portion of the academy.
The Police Department is excited to introduce both "Ringo" a German Shepherd, and "Harras" a Belgian Malinois. We are grateful to all of those who stepped in and donated to make this possible. With the addition of both canines we have found that they have helped deter crime and assist the department in making ours a safer and better community.
You can find the story by the Daily Herald here.