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K-9 Fundraiser Information

Thank you for your support to Manitowoc Police Department K9 Unit.  

The K9 Program was started and largely remains funded by generous donations, grant monies and fundraising efforts.  Funds are used to cover the acquisition of new
 K9s, purchasing necessary equipment, and training to maintain the effectiveness of the teams.

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Officer Jason Koenig and Ully

 A Police K9's keen sense of smell, vision and agility provides a service to this community unmatched by any human police officer. 

How does the canine program benefit you? Just one example of the Canine Unit's success occurred with dispatch receiving a 911 call from an employee of a local business reporting an armed robbery. The suspect had brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. We didn't know it at the time, but the heightened emotions and the stress of the event caused the witness to give the incorrect escape route to dispatch. Therefore, officers were deployed in the wrong direction to apprehend the suspect. When K9 Ully had found his track, and the pursuit was on it didn't take long for K9 Ully to identify that the suspect's escape route was different than what was originally reported. The handler was able to redirect other officers in the area to the correct location. Shortly after, the suspect was apprehended and arrested.

The arrest of the armed robber was only made expediently because of the help of our K9 Unit. The quickness of the arrest allowed the citizens of our community to return to a feeling of safety and the suspect to face the consequences for his actions.

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Officer Nick Place and Major

The Manitowoc Police Department's K9 program currently has one German Shepherd Police dog, K9 Ully who joined the force in 2011.  Our second K9 unit is K9 Major who is a Belgium Malinois.  The K9 program was started in 2010 and remains largely funded by generous donations and grant monies.  Our goal is to continue raising money in order to maintain a multi-unit K9 team and to cover daily/operating costs of the program. The funds will be used to cover police vehicles, necessary equipment for the K9 units, and training that is necessary to maintain the effectiveness of the teams. In should be noted that the average career of a K9 is approximately 5-7 years. Our goal is to maximize the benefit of this amazing program in our community for years to come.

With some of our fundraising monies we were able to start a partnership with Lakeshore Community Foundation by creating a preservation fund for further K9 program costs.  If you would like to learn more about this preservation fund, please visit us at

If you would like to help support our program and make a monetary tax deductible donation, please complete the sponsorship form, and return it, along with your check payable to the Manitowoc Police Department K9 Unit Fundraiser. For more information about the K9 Unit see the included brochure.  If you have further questions, comments or wish to have a K9 demonstration, please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Chief Scott Luchterhand at (920) 686-6562 during normal business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Thank you in advance for your generous contributions to our program.


Nick Reimer, Chief of Police
Scott Luchterhand, Assistant Chief of Police
Rob Barbier, Deputy Chief of Police

K9 Brochure                                     Photo Gallery of K9 Units In Action          

K9 Fund Sponsorship                      Photo Gallery Past K9 Fundraising Events

                                                     Upcoming Fundraising Events







Support "Man's Best Friend" by HONORING YOUR LOCAL K9s throughout the month of September with the unique "DINE 4 THE K9" promotion.  This month is the ideal time to reflect on the role that service dogs play in our lives and the extraordinary work that they perform each and every day to assist the citizens of our community. Area restaurants will provide a percentage of the proceeds to benefit our local police department K9 Unit.  Feed your sense of culinary adventure and make a commitment to participate in this awesome fundraiser. "DINE, WINE and WADDLE OVER" to the counter and help these great establishments to raise funds for the Police K9s.  Participating restaurant information is listed below! Make sure to check back for further restaurant information as they are being added on a continuing basis! 

                    MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
sorry we are closed.jpg  SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2016

Take the day off.  Eat at home with the fam' and work up an appetite for the great DINE 4 The K9 restaurants forthcoming in the week.



Let your appetite take flight at the First Class Café, known for their "First Class Service" at "Economy Prices."  And you don't need to have to be a savvy traveler to know that's the recipe for success!  Located directly across the street from the Manitowoc County Airport on Menasha Avenue, First Class has rapidly taken off to become one of Manitowoc's most popular diners.  While a full menu is available--offering everything from chimichangas to lasagna and everything in between--it's First Class's "All Day Breakfast" options that have patrons flying through their doors again and again!  Diana--the powerhouse behind the venue's success--has graciously agreed to donate 10% of the 27th's tally to the PD's K9 program.  So, wing you way over to First Class to find out firsthand what all the buzz is about!





The generosity of this family-owned and operated restaurant would be impressive any time of the year as Four Season's will be donating a full 20 % of each bill to the Manitowoc Police Department's K9 Unit!!

An authentic Southern barbecue joint in downtown Manitowoc?  Say what?  Well, smoked meat lovers, I'm not just teasing you with an empty promise: Brian's Smokehouse and BBQ, one of Manitowoc's newest restaurants, located at the corner of Meaty and Pass Me More Napkins---I mean, S. 15th Street and Washington St.--is the real deal!!  Traditional pulled pork, brisket, chicken, ribs, smoked brats and traditional sides, all served sauceless with an array of available sauces for you to slater on at your own discretion.  But, be forewarned--even though Brian's always strives to have enough of all the offered items on-hand, once something is gone for the day, it's seriously gone for the day!  Their food takes hours to meticulously prepare, which means they just can't whip more up on a moment's notice.  That's an important detail to remember on a day when the owners of Brian's have agreed to donate 10% of the receipts from September 29th to the K9 program.  You don't wanna show up late and miss out on a full plate of smoked Nirvana.  So, grab your appetite for barbecue and altruism and head on over to Brian's!

 sorry we are closed.jpg SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2016

Take the day off.  Eat at home with the fam' and work up an appetite for the great DINE 4 THE K9 restaurants forthcoming in the week.
 festivalfoods.png OCTOBER 8TH, 2016 ----- PUMPKIN BLOWOUT
Pooches in the Pumpkin Patch!!  Fall is in the air--not to mention the enticing aroma and sizzle of meat on the grill!  The Manitowoc Police Department will once more be hosting a Brat Fry Fundraiser at the Festival Foods' Brat Barn for its K9 Unit.  Brats, hamburgers and, naturally, hot dogs will be available.  K9 Supporter Apparel and K9 Hero Stuffed Animals will also be available for purchase.  The Brat Barn will be open for business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with K9 Unit demonstrations taking place at 1 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  COME GET THAT LAST BRAT OF THE SEASON!   





           OCTOBER 8th, 2016 at 9 a.m.
           (4 mile run/1.5 mile dog walk)
On your mark, get set and get going for a good cause!  The race will start and finish near the Silver Creek Field House (off of South 10th Street in Manitowoc, WI) and begins at 9 a.m., rain or shine.  The course will run through city parks, over grass, on gravel trails, and through a lovely residential neighborhood with a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.  Discount for early registration!  All proceeds to benefit the Manitowoc Police K9 Unit.  Further details, including registration deadlines, will be posted in the near future.  Police Chase Registration Form.






Deck the halls and help a great cause!  "Protect and Serve" aren't the only services the Manitowoc Police Department provides--they can also help you decorate for the holidays!  Order your Christmas wreath, swags (regular or mini), cross or left and right facing candy canes from us.  All items are made from Fraser Fir and are single faced.  Wreaths are available in 20", 26", 36", 48", or 60" diameters.  Bows are made from waterproof red velvet ribbon and the cones are full sized with white tips.  Flyers are now available at the Police Department.  Full ordering and payment information are listed on the flyers. All proceeds will benefit the Manitowoc Police Department K9 Unit!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND TO ALL A SAFE NIGHT!!

          Order Christmas Decorations Here! 

"In Kind" Donations received from:

The Manitowoc Police Department and the K9 Unit(s)/Handler(s) wish to THANK the following businesses for their on going care and services provided to our canines.  Generous services provided from donors like each of you provide the financial and moral support needed to continue our mission.  You have demonstrated a deep commitment to our program and your continued support plays a key role in our success.  There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your loyalty and we are continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like yourself who answer the call to give again and again.  THANK YOU!!!

Animal Eye Clinic of Denmark
Central Bark Doggy Day Care
Memorial Drive Veterinary Clinic
Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital

The Manitowoc Police Department would like to thank Wisconsin Vest A Dog for donating a Kevlar vest for K9 Major.  The vest is a both bullet and stab resistant (it can stop most handgun rounds and edged weapons) and costs approximately $1,000.  This vest is a new model from the company, Elite K9, and it is designed for increased mobility with some extra accessories so it can be worn all the time.  Wisconsin Vest A Dog graciously donates Kevlar vests to law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin thanks to many generous donors.  If you would like to donate to Wisconsin Vest A Dog, please contact them at their website:  "Wisconsin Vest A Dog - Protecting the dogs that protect us!".

Also a very special THANK YOU to Fricke Printing Services for providing various printing services throughout our K9 Fundraiser.  The dedication and attention to detail received from Fricke Printing goes unnoticed and we appreciate the services they provided to the Manitowoc Police Department.     

Donations were received from:             
Platinum Sponsor ($10,000 plus)

Anonymous Donor
Anonymous Donor
Community First Credit Union


Gold Sponsor ($5,000 plus)            
K9 Volunteers for Lambeau Field Concession Stands (2014-2015 Season)
Harold C. Kallies Charitable Trust
The Aschenbrenner Foundation of Lakeshore Community Foundation
Silver Sponsor ($2,500 plus)

Festival Foods - Paw Icon Proceeds (May 2015)
Tom, Virginia & Suzanne Bare (2015)
Chuck Scholten Foundation, Inc.
Chaya Kaplan & Matt Schoenberg (2015) (2016)
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/T-Shirt Sales/K9 Hereos/
      Donations at Mother's Day Plant Blowout (05/07/2016)
Jefferson Elementary -School ~ K-Kids Program
K9 Volunteers for Metro Jam - Food/T-Shirt Sales/K9 Hereos/Donations
      (06/17 & 06/18/2016)

Bronze Sponsor ($1,000 plus)

Roy and Darlene Geigel
Bank First National
Pietroske, Inc.
Investor's Community Bank
Just Orthodontics
K9 Volunteers for Police Chase (10/11/2014)
Geoffrey/Carla Liban
Kwik Trip - Corporate Office
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/T-Shirt Sales/Donations
      at Mother's Day Plant Blowout (05/09/2015)
Fox's Piggly Wiggly (Manitowoc Location) Easter Eggstravangza
K9 Volunteers for Metro Jam - Food/T-Shirt Sales/Donations (06/19 & 06/20/2015)
K9 Volunteers for Fox's Piggly Wiggly Brat Shed - Food/T-Shirt Sale/Donations (07/11/2015)
The Roy and Darlene Geigel Charitable Trust Foundation
"Share the Night" Fundraiser at A&W Restaurant - Clothing/Food Sales/Donations (08/21/2015)
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/T-Shirt Sales/Donations
      at Pumpkin Blowout (10/03/2015)
K9 Volunteers for Police Chase (10/10/15)
Russ & Amy Fricke-Weigel
Tom, Virginia, & Suzanne Bare (2016)
Jane & Arthur Stangel Fund, Inc.
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation
Wisconsin Vest A Dog - "Protecting The Dogs That Protect Us!"

Copper Sponsor ($500 plus)

Lakeside Foods 
Manitowoc Company, Inc.
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/Donations at Pumpkin Blowout (10/04/2014)
Manitowoc County Board of Realtors, Inc.
Baileigh Industrial Inc.
Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory
Lulloff's Used Cars
Krueger International Inc.
Wenzel's Perfect World (2015)
Marilyn Drumm & Family
Bitter Neumann Furniture
Riverwood Maritime Credit Union
Ron & Kathy Dvorachek
Shopko Foundation
Novak's Service Center, LLC
Harbor Town Harley Davidson                
Eck Industries, Inc.                   

Canine Friends ($100 plus)
K9 Volunteers for 4th of July Dunk Tank (07/04/2014)
Charlie Ratigan
Gary Budysz (2014) (2015) (2016)
Rural Mutual Insurance - Marinette
Associated Bank
Holy Family Memorial Medical Center
United One Credit Union
Lakeshore Dental 
Klein Asphalt Maintenance
Frank's Radio Service Inc.
Heresite Protective Coating LLC
Lakeshore Business Interiors Inc.
Timothy Maatman/Phyllis Schippers Living Trust
Manitowoc County Kennel Club
Mercury Network Corporation
Alpert & Fellows - Attorneys at Law
Lee's Color Studio
Insulation and Supply Co Inc.
Schmedly's Tire Service
Craft's Inc.
Robert J. Klein (2014) (2015)
Foster Needle Co. Inc.
William J. Bero DDS
Integrity Investments & Insurance
Schaus Roofing & Mechanical Contractors
Edward & Micki Dorvinen
Bud Willmans Hamburger
Gerald & Jennifer Tollefson
Glenn's Bar
Southside Barber Shop
Manitowoc Yacht Club
Kiwanis Club of Manitowoc
Bill &Cheryl Ploeckelman (2015, 2016)
Mike & Chris Dunn
Donna Langman (2015, 2016)
Steimle Birschbach, LLC
Debbie Roemer
Scott & Jenny Schroeter (2015, 2016)
Manitowoc Towing & Recovery
Michael Wellner
Cress Family
Lions Club of Manitowoc
Jill Hennessey
Manitowoc Eagles Aerie 706
United One Credit Union Employees
City of Kiel Library
Manitowoc Police Department Paw Icon Proceeds (May 2015)
Meadow Lanes North Paw Icon Proceeds (May 2015)
PK's Beans & Cream Paw Icon Proceeds (May 2015)
Dave Nelson
Luke Smith
Manitowoc Cranes 50/50 Raffle Proceeds from Employee Picnic
A&W Restaurant
Manitowoc Noon Rotary Club
David Diedrich
In Memory of Ron Toston
Andrew & Dawn Greene
Natural Market 10% Proceeds (2015)
James & Patricia Szymczyk
Roger Rezachek
Lori Thompson & Lisa VerVelde
Wenzel's Perfect World (2016)
Mark & Pam Herzog
Manitowoc Garage Door Service
Manitowoc Grey Iron Foundry
Troop #8087 - Girl Scouts of Manitou Council Inc.
Quality Inn of Manitowoc
Red Arrow Products
Manitowoc Heating & Refrigeration Services, LLC
Manitowoc Jaycees
In Memory of Chaya Kaplan-Schoenberg
Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center Employee Raffle Proceeds


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