Last Friday, a group of community members came together to dedicate new K-9 equipment for the EPPD. The project started earlier this year when the family of the late Dr. John Wright, the EPPD’s first veterinarian, donated $15,000 to the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund to be used for non-budgeted items needed for the K-9 unit.
After the department’s two K-9 officers identified the greatest need to be new agility training equipment, the department worked with the City’s Senior Center to find wood shop volunteers to build it. After a generous donation of wood from Home Depot and 247 hours of volunteer labor, the equipment is finished.
At the dedication ceremony last Friday, the K-9 team of Officer Scott Mittelstadt and Riggs were joined by members of Dr. Wright’s family, and some of the volunteer woodworkers and painters. Officer Mittelstadt and Riggs demonstrated how the equipment will be used when the full agility course is set up outside next spring.
The EPPD would like to thank all of the Senior Center volunteers and the family of Dr. Wright for the generous donation of their time and money to make this project possible.