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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






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! 
 Natural Market.jpg  Friday, December 2, 2017
Natural Market---Manitowoc's preeminent source for organic foodstuffs, healthful supplements and all things good and unprocessed--will be donating 10% of its sales from Friday, December 2, to the K9 Unit of the Manitowoc Police Department as a part of its "Give First Fridays" initiative.  With holiday overindulgence just around the corner, Natural Market's generosity arrives just in the nick of time to add a touch of sanity to an otherwise excessive season.  Even if you're not customarily inclined to indulge in a nutritious dietary regimen, stop by Natural Market on December 2nd--their outstanding selection may convince you to give something new a whirl.  Who knows?  You just might surprise yourself!  Not to mention that you'll be helping to make the holiday season bright for the K9 officers of the MTPD.  Although it's been said, many times, many ways, Healthy Christmas to you from Natural Market and Manitowoc Police Department K9 Unit!
 festivalfoods.png                                  MAY 2017

Festival Foods will be selling the K9 Paws again!!  We will be selling $1 and $5 paw icons on behalf of the Manitowoc Police Department K9 Unit.  This event will take place in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Week!  This event will raise awareness and honor the men and women in law enforcement who keep our community safe.


          Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Hot diggity dog!  Support your local K9 Officer!  The Manitowoc Police Department is hosting a Brat Fry Fundraiser at the Festival Foods' Brat Barn for its K9 Unit.  In addition to the usual grilled fare (hamburgers, brats and of course, hot dogs), K9 Supporter T-shirts and sweatshirts, as well as K9 Hero Stuffed Animals will be available for purchase.  But wait, there's more --K9 Unit Demonstrations will be taking place as well as an added attraction.  Also stop in to meet the K9's!!


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                     DINE 4 The K9 - 2017

September is National Service Dog Month - a time set aside to reflect upon 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.  In conjunction with National Service Dog Month, the Manitowoc Police Department will be holding its 2nd Annual DINE 4 The K9 event!

We will be working hard over the coming months to get another fantastic assortment of local restaurants --one restaurant per day--and donating a portion of the tally for the day back to the MTPD K9 Unit.  Pretty tasty, huh!!   This way you can continue to indulge in some of the finest food that the Lakeshore has to offer and not feel one shred of guilt because you're treating yourself for a good cause.  Further details will be forthcoming!

See you in September and Bon Appetit!



Saturday, October 14th, 2017
15th Annual K9 Police Chase
Silver Creek Park, 3001 S. 10th St.

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.

"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 Heroes/
      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)
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/T-Shirt Sales/K9 Heroes
      Donations at Pumpkin Blowout (10/08/2016)

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 (2015) (2016)
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 K9 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!"
The Aschenbrenner Foundation of Lakeshore Community Foundation
K9 Volunteers for K9 Police Chase (10/08/2016)

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.
Four Season's Family Restaurant -   DINE 4 The K9 2016
The Smiling Moose - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Courthouse Pub - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Tower Tavern - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Dug Out Bar & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 2016

Canine Friends ($100 plus)
K9 Volunteers for 4th of July Dunk Tank (07/04/2014)
Charlie Ratigan
Gary Budysz (2014) (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) (2016)
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
Brenda Krause
Kristine Lemberger
Kiwanis Club of Two Rivers
In Memory of Scott Leist
Music Without Boundaries
Fork & Knife Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Luigi's - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Ryan's on York - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Harborside Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Waverly Inn - DINE 4 The K9 2016
TIme Out Sports Bar & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Green Street Food & Spirits - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Machut's Supper Club - DINE 4 The K9 2016
The Fat Seagull - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Brian's Smokehouse - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Legends at Autumn Ridge - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Capone's Bar & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 2016
The Galley Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Revolutions Bar & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Rupp's on Washington - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Knox's Silver Valley Banquet Hall - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Wrap It Up - DINE 4 The K9 2016


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