SAGINAW, Mich. – For 21 years, Officer Doug Stacer has given his all to the Saginaw Police Department. 8 of those years spent with his 4-legged partner Canjo.
Officer Stacer says he owes his partnership with Canjo to a non-profit called the “Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association” which works in collaboration with the Saginaw PD.
The only catch is that it’s completely separate from the police department.
“We raise the funds and then assist the Saginaw Police Department and other agencies with acquiring equipment needed for specifically only police K9’s,” said Stacer.
And right now, he says the association is teaming up with the Saginaw PD to raise funds to buy four new patrol cars for the K9 unit.
“The ones we have is going on 9 years old and it’s kind of reached its length of usage for the department and it’s become not unsafe but it needs to be replaced,” Stacer stated.
Officer Stacer says Saginaw’s Police Chief has covered the cost of the vehicles itself, but now it’s up to the association to pay for the equipment needed inside the cars.
“Things like car heat alarms that keep the dog’s safe when we’re not in them, door partners that help our partner get out to us if we need them to come out,” said Stacer.
But it’s not cheap. The non-profit needs to raise between $36,000 to $52,000 in about a month and a half and they’re looking to the community to help with this challenge.
“We work for the community and the community has always helped us. The dogs are sort of a special part of this. When it comes to the dogs, people will help us maybe more than other things,” Stacer stated.
And for Officer Stacer, the out pour of community support is humbling.
“It means a lot because one, our dogs are our partner and two, we want them to be safe and we want the best thing for them,” he said.
If you’d like to make a donation, you can contact the “Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association” on their Facebook or you can contact the “Saginaw Community Foundation” which is where the non-profit holds all the money it raises.