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.

If you wish to donate, please click on the DONATE button.  Thank You!

Officer Jason Koenig and Neko

Officer Koenig and Neko

Officer Nick Place and Major

Officer place and Major

How does the K9 program benefit the community?  Like most areas around the country, Manitowoc has experienced an increase in drug use and other crimes associated with an increase in drug dependent individuals seeking to support their habit.  To help combat this epidemic, the most common deployment for our K9 Unit is narcotics sniffs.  Our K9 teams routinely conduct vehicle sniffs during traffic stops, and also assist local schools and businesses with narcotics sniffs upon request to assist those organizations to keep a drug free environment.

Our police working dogs are considered “dual purpose”, and can be used to locate people and evidence in addition to narcotics.  Our K9 teams frequently track suspects, conduct building searches, search for evidence at crime scenes, and perform area searches for suspects and lost people.  By using the dog’s keen sense of smell, our K9 teams are able to locate people and items much faster than a human.      

A benefit of having dual purpose police working dogs is they can be used to apprehend suspects without the use of deadly force. During January, 2016, Manitowoc Police responded to a report of a pizza delivery man who was robbed at gunpoint by two suspects, who then fled on foot near S 19th St. and Franklin St.  With the help of a witness, police were able to locate the subjects hiding in a garage of a south side home.  The subjects fled on foot again from the garage, one of whom was located hiding underneath a set of bushes.  After multiple commands to show his hands and surrender, the suspect refused to comply with orders, and K9 Major was sent to bite and apprehend the suspect.  K9 Major fearlessly did his job and the suspect was apprehended without the loss of life.  The suspect and his accomplice were taken into custody, the gun was located by officers, and both suspects were convicted of armed robbery.  

The Manitowoc Police Department's K9 program currently has two police working dogs – a four year old Belgian Malinois named “Major”, and a two year old German Shepard named “Neko”. The average working life of a police working dog is approximately five to seven years. Our program has two retired police working dogs, “Aik” and “Ully”.  The Manitowoc Police Department offers the K9 handler to buy the dog for $1 upon the dog’s retirement.  

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, training and certifications that are necessary to maintain the effectiveness of the teams, and miscellaneous expenses to support the program (food, medical/veterinary expenses, etc).  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 lakeshorecommunityfoundation.org/k9.html.

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, please 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

Upcoming Fundraising Events

"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.

And finally another very special THANK YOU to Manitowoc Trophy for providing services for our atrium lobby display K9 plaque. Their attention to detail is greatly appreciated and important to our fundraising success. Their generous donation will help to further the important work of the K9 Unit.

Donations were received from:

Platinum Sponsor ($10,000 plus)

Anonymous Donor (2014)
Anonymous Donor (2014)
Community First Credit Union (2014)
K9S4COPS (2015)
West Foundation (2017)

Gold Sponsor ($5,000 plus)

K9 Volunteers for Lambeau Field Concession Stands (2014-2015 Season)
Harold C. Kallies Charitable Trust (2017, 2017)
The Aschenbrenner Foundation of Lakeshore Community Foundation (2016, 2017)
Festival Foods - Paw Icon Proceeds (2017)
In Memory of Henry Ospedale (2017)

Silver Sponsor ($2,500 plus)

Festival Foods - Paw Icon Proceeds (2015)
Tom, Virginia & Suzanne Bare (2015)
Chuck Scholten Foundation, Inc. (2016)
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 (2016)
Jefferson Elementary -School ~ K-Kids Program
K9 Volunteers for Metro Jam - Food/T-Shirt Sales/K9 Hereos/Donations (2016)
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/T-Shirt Sales/K9 Heroes
      Donations at Pumpkin Blowout (2016)
Kwik Trip - Corporate Office (2016)
The Aschenbrenner Foundation of Lakeshore Community Foundation (2016, 2017)
In Memory of John Steimle (2018)

Bronze Sponsor ($1,000 plus)

Roy and Darlene Geigel (2014)
Bank First National (2014)
Pietroske, Inc. (2014)
Investor's Community Bank (2014)
Just Orthodontics
K9 Volunteers for Police Chase (2014)
Geoffrey & Carla Liban (2014, 2017)
Kwik Trip - Corporate Office (2015)
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/T-Shirt Sales/
       Donations at Mother's Day Plant Blowout (2015)
Fox's Piggly Wiggly (Manitowoc Location) Easter Eggstravangza (2015)
K9 Volunteers for Metro Jam - Food/T-Shirt Sales/Donations (2015)
K9 Volunteers for Fox's Piggly Wiggly Brat Shed - Food/T-Shirt Sale/Donations (2015)
The Roy and Darlene Geigel Charitable Trust Foundation (2015)
"Share the Night" Fundraiser at A&W Restaurant - Clothing/Food Sales/Donations (2015)
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/T-Shirt Sales/Donations
        at Pumpkin Blowout (2015)
K9 Volunteers for K9 Police Chase (2015)
Russ & Amy Fricke-Weigel (2016)
Tom, Virginia, & Suzanne Bare (2016)
Jane & Arthur Stangel Fund, Inc. (2016)
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation (2016)
Walmart (2016)
Wisconsin Vest A Dog - "Protecting The Dogs That Protect Us!" (2016)
The Aschenbrenner Foundation of Lakeshore Community Foundation (2016)
K9 Volunteers for K9 Police Chase (2016)
Green Bay Packers Foundation (2016)
Donna Langman (2017, 2018)
Manitowoc Noon Rotary (2017)

Copper Sponsor ($500 plus)

Lakeside Foods (2014)
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (2014)
K9 Volunteers for Festival Foods Brat Barn/Donations at Pumpkin Blowout (2014)
Manitowoc County Board of Realtors, Inc.(2014)
Baileigh Industrial Inc. (2014)
Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory (2014)
Lulloff's Used Cars (2014)
Cellcom (2014, 2017)
Krueger International Inc. (2014)
Wenzel's Perfect World (2014, 2017)
Marilyn Drumm & Family (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Bitter Neumann Furniture (2015)
Riverwood Maritime Credit Union (2015)
Ron & Kathy Dvorachek (2015)
Shopko Foundation (2015)
Novak's Service Center, LLC (2016)
Harbor Town Harley Davidson (2016)
Eck Industries, Inc. (2016)
Four Season's Family Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
The Smiling Moose - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Courthouse Pub - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Tower Tavern - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Dug Out Bar & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Mary Schilder (2016)
What The Lock? (2017)
Rebecca Kurtzbach (2017)
Autumn Ridge Golf Course - DINE FORE The K9 (2017)
Waverly Inn & Pizzeria - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Fork & Knife - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Green Street Food & Spirits - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Luigi's Italian Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Machut's Supper Club  - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Rupp's on Washington - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Ryan's on York - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Tokyo Sushi & Steak House - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Forefront Dermatology (2017)

Canine Friends ($100 plus)

K9 Volunteers for 4th of July Dunk Tank (2014)
Charlie Ratigan (2014)
Gary Budysz (2014, 2016, 2017)
Rural Mutual Insurance - Marinette (2014)
Associated Bank (2014)
Holy Family Memorial Medical Center (2014)
United One Credit Union (2014)
Lakeshore Dental (2014)
Klein Asphalt Maintenance (2014)
Frank's Radio Service Inc. (2014)
Heresite Protective Coating LLC (2014)
Lakeshore Business Interiors Inc. (2014)
Timothy Maatman/Phyllis Schippers Living Trust (2014, 2016)
Manitowoc County Kennel Club (2014)
Mercury Network Corporation (2014)
Alpert & Fellows - Attorneys at Law (2014)
Lee's Color Studio (2014)
Insulation and Supply Co Inc. (2014)
Schmedly's Tire Service (2014)
Craft's Inc. (2014)
Robert J. Klein (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Foster Needle Co. Inc. (2014)
William J. Bero DDS (2014)
Integrity Investments & Insurance (2014)
Schaus Roofing & Mechanical Contractors (2014)
Edward & Micki Dorvinen (2014)
Bud Willmans Hamburger (2014)
Gerald & Jennifer Tollefson (2014)
Glenn's Bar (2014)
Southside Barber Shop (2014)
Manitowoc Yacht Club (2015)
Kiwanis Club of Manitowoc (2015)
Bill &Cheryl Ploeckelman (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Mike & Chris Dunn (2015)
Donna Langman (2015, 2016)
Steimle Birschbach, LLC (2015)
Debbie Roemer (2015, 2017)
Scott & Jenny Schroeter (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Manitowoc Towing & Recovery (2015)
Michael Wellner (2015)
Cress Family (2015)
Lions Club of Manitowoc (2015)
Jill Hennessey (2015)
Manitowoc Eagles Aerie 706 (2015)
United One Credit Union Employees (2015)
City of Kiel Library (2015)
Manitowoc Police Department Paw Icon Proceeds (2015)
Meadow Lanes North Paw Icon Proceeds (2015)
PK's Beans & Cream Paw Icon Proceeds (2015)
Dave Nelson (2015)
Luke Smith (2015)
Manitowoc Cranes 50/50 Raffle Proceeds from Employee Picnic (2015)
A&W Restaurant (2015)
Manitowoc Noon Rotary Club (2015)
David Diedrich (2015)
In Memory of Ron Toston (2015)
Andrew & Dawn Greene (2015)
Natural Market 10% Proceeds (2015, 2016, 2017)
James & Patricia Szymczyk (2016, 2017)
Roger Rezachek(2016, 2017)
Lori Thompson & Lisa VerVelde (2016)
Wenzel's Perfect World (2016)
Mark & Pam Herzog (2015, 2016, 2017)
Manitowoc Garage Door Service (2016)
Manitowoc Grey Iron Foundry (2016)
CVS (2016)
Troop #8087 - Girl Scouts of Manitou Council Inc. (2016)
Quality Inn of Manitowoc (2016)
Red Arrow Products (2016)
Manitowoc Heating & Refrigeration Services, LLC (2016)
Manitowoc Jaycees (2016)
In Memory of Chaya Kaplan-Schoenberg (2016)
Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center Employee Raffle Proceeds (2016)
Brenda Krause (2016)
Kristine Lemberger (2016)
Kiwanis Club of Two Rivers (2016, 2017)
In Memory of Scott Leist (2016, 2017)
Music Without Boundaries (2016)
Fork & Knife Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017) 
Luigi's - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Ryan's on York - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Harborside Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Waverly Inn & PIizzeria - DINE 4 The K9 (2016)
Time Out Sports Bar & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Green Street Food & Spirits - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Machut's Supper Club - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
The Fat Seagull - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
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, 2017)
The Galley Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Revolutions Bar & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 2016
Rupp's on Washington - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Knox's Silver Valley Banquet Hall - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Wrap It Up - DINE 4 The K9 (2016, 2017)
Tom, Virginia & Suzanne Bare (2016)
TREG Foundation Fund - Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group (2016)
Pro-View Inc. (2016)
Mark & Roxanne Hills (2017)
Jackson Elementary School K-Kids Program (2017)
Laurie Sales Venture Foundation (2017)
Anthony Holschbach (2017)
James Monroe School - Manitowoc, WI (2017)
Zielanis Elementary School - Kiel, WI (2017)
Exoticas The Club (2017)
Scottie Dayton (2017)
Anonymous (2017)
Marjorie LaBrecque (2017)
CNC Links - DINE FORE The K9 (2017)
Seven Lakes Golf Course - DINE FORE The K9 (2017)
El Tequila - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Charcoal Grill - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Smiling Moose Saloon & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
FOUR Season's Family Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Schwarz's Pub & Grill - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
A&W Restaurant - DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Tokyo Sushi & Steak House -DINE 4 The K9 (2017)
Norman Schroeter (2018)