NPD K9 Program
Police K9 teams provide unique and valuable services to communities. Their duties include drug detection, tracking, area searches, and officer protection and support. K9 teams have also proven to be great community educators, and they are frequently called upon to make presentations for schools, service clubs, and private industry. Neenah Police employees partnered with the community and raised over $90,000 to create our K9 program. Officer Chris Gorden was selected to be the handler, and Neenah PD’s first K9, Cedric, was introduced to the community in 2012. He quickly became a bit of a celebrity. But all that attention didn’t stop him or his handler from focusing on their work.
In 2013, Officer Gorden and Cedric were involved in a traffic stop that involved drug trafficking. Cedric alerted on the trunk of the vehicle, and the subsequent search yielded one of the largest seizures of methamphetamine that Northeast Wisconsin has seen. The K9 team subsequently received the “Meritorious K9 Narcotics Find” award from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement K9 Handlers Association.
Police K9s typically have a working life of about 6 years. That means we’re already about halfway through Cedric’s expected professional career. While we hope he can serve even longer, we have to plan for the next chapter of the Neenah Police K9 program. That means acquiring a new dog, identifying a new handler, and providing new training and equipment. And of course, that all takes money.
We always accept tax-deductible donations to our Police K9 trust fund.
If you would like to support this valuable program, you can send a check payable to City of Neenah K-9 Trust to: Neenah Police Department 2111 Marathon Avenue – Neenah, WI 54956. For more information, please contact the Neenah Police Department 920-886-6000.