ALTON — The third annual Alton Police K9 Classic will be in full swing Saturday, Aug. 22, as teams battle on the greens at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, 4701 College Ave., to raise funds for the care of K9s Kenzo and Jax.
“This has been a great fundraiser for the K9 program here at Alton,” Public Information Officer Emily Hejna said. “The cost for a K9 continues long after the dog becomes a member of our department. There is always a constant need for food, training and vehicle maintenance. So much more is needed for a K9 officer than is required for other officers.”
Training never ends for police K9s who support police operations. The dogs and their handlers are trained to locate and apprehend criminal offenders, find evidence linked to a crime scene and detect illegal drugs. K9s help find missing children and adults. Just having a K9 present can prevent potentially volatile situations with suspects.
“These K9s are tools we can use in the department, but they are also our partners,” Hejna said. “They have routine vet visits to keep them healthy and in condition to work every day.”
Registration will be at noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Teams of four still can sign up at the extended early-bird rate of $320. Prizes will be awarded in each flight along with skins and mulligans. Business or individuals still have time to sponsor a hole for $100 to $1,500. The winning teams in each flight will qualify for the $1,000 shootout following the tournament.
Hot dogs, bratwurst, chips and beverages will be provided for teams. Anheuser-Busch products and beverages donated by Dr. Pepper will be available.
T-shirts bearing the “Support The Paws Who Uphold The Laws” logo will be sold for $10, and the shirts will be for sale after Aug. 22 at the Alton Police Department, 1700 E. Broadway.
Proceeds will benefit K9 Kenzo and his handler, Brian Brenner, K9 Jax and Officer Mike Morelli.
For information, contact Emily Hejna at firstname.lastname@example.org.