Recently the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund received a $15,000 donation from the family of Dr. John Wright, the EPPD K-9 program’s first veterinarian who also helped establish the program in 1981. After his passing in September 2016, Dr. Wright’s family asked that the donation to the Crime Prevention Fund be used for the purpose of funding non-budgeted items needed for the K-9 Unit.
The K-9 handlers and supervisor identified the greatest need as new agility equipment for training including fences and boxes which are used to train the department’s two K-9 teams. The current equipment is old and needs significant repairs in order to be used safely. The K-9 team then began creating specs for the equipment they need. Once completed, they turned to the community for help.
The first stop was Home Depot, which generously offered the department a discount on the wood needed. The second stop was the Eden Prairie Senior Center whose woodshop members volunteered to make the equipment. Last, the department has been talking to both the Eden Prairie Senior Center and the Eden Prairie Art Center about recruiting volunteers to paint the equipment.
The equipment is expected to be ready for training by the end of September.
Thank you to all of our community partners and to the family of Dr. Wright for helping to make this project possible!