Group steps up to help raise funds for West Point K9 unit vehicle

Sgt. Arnie Cade and his K9 officer Kenzo (Submitted photo)
DTL Staff
Staff Writer

The under-resourced K9 unit with the West Point Police Department will soon be on the receiving end of some much-needed help obtaining a new patrol vehicle.

K9s United, to help K9 Kenzo and his handler, Sgt. Arnie Cade, will work to raise funds for a donation of a $35,000 toward a new vehicle.

The unit has suffered through major mechanical issues with their patrol vehicle, with breakdowns happening frequently over the last two years, sometimes in compromising situations.

WPPD says the beleaguered early 2000’s model Crown Victoria is not properly equipped with a K9 kennel or heat alarm, which are both vital pieces of equipment that keep the K9 safe inside of the vehicle.

The Crown Victoria has been in and out of the shop multiple times, with the engine shutting off at times.

Other problems include over-heating, air conditioner failure, and critical electrical malfunctions such as the windshield wipers failing intermittently and sparks shooting from the wiring underneath the vehicle when the emergency blue lights are activated.

The imminent threat is the vehicle overheating again or even catching fire.

With the unit in mind, the fully-equipped vehicle would go a long way toward making the community safer.

However, WPPD says due to budget constraints, the department has no means to replace the patrol vehicle. All attempts thus far to obtain outside financial backing, either through grants or fundraising, have fallen short.
This is where K9s United comes in.

The nonprofit is committed to supporting K9 law enforcement officers by giving them the best equipment, amenities, and quality of life during and after their service.

K9s United has agreed to help the West Point Police Department raise the $35,000 needed for a fully-equipped Ford Explorer, stocked with a K9 kennel and heat alarm.

K9 Kenzo and Sgt. Cade are local heroes in West Point, and K9s United is asking all supporters of Tax-deductible donations can be made by sending a check to the following address: K9s United
101 Marketside Ave Suite 404-106, Ponte Vedra, Florida, 3208.