In 2012, the Police department’s desire and recognized need for a K9 unit lead organizations, residents and businesses to tackle a fund-raising effort. Over $70,000 was secured for the program. Far surpassing expectations, that money allowed the Salem Police Department to purchase and train three units. This year, for the first time, the Salem Fire Department will be also participating and supporting this annual event.
In the years since its creation, Salem’s K9 program has become a regional asset, lending support to other area communities lacking the specialized skills these units provide: search, rescue, drug enforcement, and incendiary detection.
As criminal methods change over time, law enforcement techniques develop to meet new community protection and crime-fighting challenges. To keep current, K9 units require continual training. Each year the K9 Golf Tournament raises funds for equipment, food and training enhancements. T-shirt and sweatshirt sales each summer and Haunted Happenings season secures additional monies needed to maintain, train and supply our units.
Even if you don’t golf, you can support our K9s by sponsoring other players, donating prizes, and purchasing t-shirts and event tickets – whether or not you attend.