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GIFPF secures $30,000 grant for IFPD Okay-9 Program


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Larger Idaho Falls Police Basis has secured a $30,000 grant for the Idaho Falls Police Division Okay-9 Program.

The grant comes from the Cross Basis and will likely be used to assist current wants and broaden the division’s Okay-9 capabilities.

For the previous a number of years, the Idaho Falls Police Division has had three Okay-9 positions. Two of these Okay-9s are skilled in narcotics/unlawful drug detection. The opposite is skilled in explosives/firearms detection and works along with the Idaho Falls Regional Bomb Squad which covers the higher area and edges of Montana and Wyoming. All three canines are presently dual-purpose Okay-9’s, which means that along with their main function they’re additionally skilled for patrol work, particularly apprehension and handler safety.

In recent times, the Idaho Falls Police Division has seen an elevated want for Okay-9 positions to satisfy the calls for of our rising neighborhood and more and more complicated prison and public issues of safety. The Idaho Falls Police Division is taking strategic steps to extend Okay-9 positions and capabilities to learn our neighborhood.

“As a taxpayer funded entity, we have now to make sure that we’re doing essentially the most good attainable with the funds entrusted to us,” Chief of Police Bryce Johnson stated. “Receiving a grant like because of this we are able to stretch our current finances to do extra for our neighborhood.”

The Larger Idaho Falls Police Basis (GIFPF) was based in 2020 and not too long ago made their public debut as a charitable group devoted to aiding native legislation enforcement companies, officers and supporting public security wants within the Larger Idaho Falls space.

The GIFPF partnered with the Idaho Falls Police Division to use for a grant from the Cross Basis. The Cross Basis distributes charitable funds all through the four-state space of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Montana to organizations whose targets match inside their 5 focus areas.

A type of focus areas contains “selling the well being, care, and welfare of canines, together with the coaching of canines to help and profit in enhancing the standard of life for people and different animal.”

“We thank the Larger Idaho Falls Police Basis and the Cross Basis for making this grant out there to us and recognizing the advantages of the Okay-9 program inside our neighborhood,” Chief Johnson stated. “Okay-9s are invaluable companions within the work that we do.”

IFPD is within the technique of restructuring and increasing the Okay-9 program to incorporate a complete of six Okay-9s. That quantity will embrace 4 dual-purpose narcotics detection and patrol work skilled Okay-9s, increasing the occasions that Okay-9 companions are available to help with these wants in our neighborhood. Along with detecting unlawful narcotics, these Okay-9s help with discovering suspects, deescalation, and holding their human companions secure whereas serving our neighborhood.

The opposite two Okay-9 positions will embrace two single-purpose Okay-9s, one skilled in explosives/weapons detection and the opposite skilled in electronics detection. IFPD not too long ago adopted a 6-month-old Belgian Malinois from the Blackfoot Animal Shelter, Skadi, who will likely be skilled inhouse for the explosives/weapons detection function. IFPD secured the funds for the electronics detection Okay-9 by a separate grant. This Okay-9 will likely be primarily utilized in web crimes in opposition to youngsters investigations and is anticipated to affix IFPD within the coming weeks.

The funds from the Cross Basis, made out there by the GIFPF, will likely be used for coaching instruments, kennels, the price to amass and practice a further dual-purpose narcotics detection/patrol Okay-9, and different wants inside the Okay-9 program because it expands.

“The Larger Idaho Falls Police Basis is happy to supply this help to the Idaho Falls Police K9 Program,” GIFPF Board Chair Eric Isom stated. “We acknowledge the good work of our legislation enforcement companies and admire their dedication to public security. We thank the Cross Basis for its beneficiant donation.”



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