The Washington Police Department K-9 program has a successful 30-year history of providing service to the community. The success of this program is due largely to the generous donations and grants provided by citizens, community organizations and businesses.
K-9 Dex is assigned to work with Officer Eric Kephart and when not on duty resides with Officer Kephart and his family. The team trains more than 200 hours each year and is certified as a dual-purpose team, meaning Dex can be used to locate people and evidence as well as narcotics. The K-9 team routinely conducts vehicle sniffs during traffic stops and is also available to assist schools and local businesses with narcotics sniffs upon request.
The donations and grants the program receives provides for the daily care and operating costs of maintaining a quality program. The funds are used to provide food, medical care, equipment, and training for Dex.
If you would like to donate to the K-9 program, funds can be mailed or dropped off to Washington Police Department K-9 Fund, 215 East Washington Street, Washington, IA 52353. In addition, if your business or organization is interested in a program with Dex, please contact Officer Kephart at [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate, based on scheduling.
Dex and all of us at the WPD appreciate the support we receive from the community and thank you in advance for helping maintain our K-9 program.