Winthrop Harbor Police Department

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New Police K-9 Fundraiser

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February 2, 2017

As many in our community know, our Police K9 Officer Lando tragically passed away during training this last November. Today the Police New Police K9!Department is pleased to announce that we are seeking to obtain a new Police K9 through TOPS Kennel, and our K9 handler Officer Bill Bogdala has agreed to undertake the training and responsibilities of continued K9 duty for our community.

The new K9 has been selected and is currently undergoing initial training with TOPS trainers. On April 17, 2017 the dog and handler will pair-up for 10 weeks of intense training as a team. In June 2017 this training will be completed, and the dog and handler will test for state certification. Following certification the new K9 Officer will begin his tour of duty with the department.

With respect to obtaining this new German Shepherd, the Police Department will conduct a fundraising effort to cover the $12,600 cost. This amount covers the cost of the dog, the pre-training, the 10-weeks of team training, and one year of recurring monthly training. We do not have these funds budgeted so must turn to the community to help make this happen.

We invite community residents, businesses and organizations to join in this fundraising effort with a donation toward the K9 program. Donations can be made below using a credit card, with or without a Paypal account. For those wishing to donate by check, please make payable to "Village of Winthrop Harbor" and indicate "K9 Donation" on the memo line. Checks may be mailed to Village of Winthrop Harbor, 830 Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096, or may be dropped off in person at the same address. All amounts, large and small, will be very much appreciated.

Thank you for your consideration!

February 5, 2017 UPDATE:

Here's an update as of this morning...

  • We need to raise $12,600 in total...
  • We were granted $3,000 from a charitable foundation that supports police K9's throughout the region...
  • Our community has contributed $2,107 through 16 donations in under three days!
  • We are now down to $7,493 left to raise...

No here's some EXCITING news... a member of our community, who wishes to remain anonymous, has stepped forward with an offer of a dollar-for-dollar match on every donation made between 12:01 a.m. on February 6th through 11:59 p.m. on February 14th, up to a maximum of the remaining amount needed to reach the goal. This means that we only need to raise another $3,746, and with this donor's match we'll have achieved the goal!

If you'd like to contribute, and have your donation doubled by this generous donor, click the link below any time during that time-frame! If you'd prefer to mail or drop off your donation, scroll up for those instructions.

We thank the community for this great outpouring of support!

February 12, 2017 UPDATE:

Here's an update as of this evening...

  • We have reached the goal! Through the immense generosity of the Winthrop Harbor and surrounding communities, we have now raised $13,721, well above the initial goal. Thank you to everyone who contributed, whether online, via mail or at the Pinsters Bowl benefit held today.
  • We will post a final tally once any additional donations that are in the mail are received.
  • All donated funds, including the amount above the goal, will be used strictly for the police K9 Officer program. This includes procurement of the new K9, all initial training, ongoing training, equipment, veterinarian services, etc.


To make an on-line donation now:

Click the Donate button below and you'll be taken to the Paypal page where you can enter any amount and complete the transaction. Thank you for helping us resume our K-9 program!

NOTE: As of 2/12/17 the goal has been reached. Click here for details. If you would still like to donate, the Police Department is always grateful for this support, and all donations from this page will go into the K9 Officer program fund to continue to support the program.


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