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The Village of Sturtevant Police Department might be adding a new officer – of the four-legged variety – to its ranks in the coming months.

Officer Kim Gall Friday set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise the money – around $25,000 – to purchase a dog, provide training for the new K9 partners, and to outfit a department vehicle for the dog.

“The start of our K9 unit is a big endeavor,” her post on GoFundMe reads. “The initial funds are needed to pay for the dog and training as well as the police squad outfitting.”

Gall notes that investing in K9 officers is a serious – and expensive – undertaking, but K9 officers are also solid investments.

“The Police K9 is an investment as they are usually able to work up to eight years before retiring,” she wrote.

Neighboring agencies with K9 officers include Mount Pleasant, Racine and the Racine County Sheriff’s Department. Fundraising helped provide the majority of those dogs.

Gall posted a total goal of $20,000, and in a few short hours had collected $290, including $20 from Harold Wawrzyn who commented, “K9=less crime. :)” An anonymous donor contributed $100.

She thanked the community for their support.

“The Sturtevant Police K9 would like to thank you in advance for any help that is received. It is an honor to serve your community and we look forward to your help in reaching our goal!” Gall finished.

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