02-17-10 BPD Canine Foundation Receives Major Donation from
Boise, Feb. 17, 2010 - Boise Police
Chief Michael Masterson gratefully accepted a donation of $4,200 to
the new Boise Police Canine Foundation today. The generous gift
came from Platt, and company Chairman Harvey Platt.
Platt is based in Beaverton, Oregon with
three offices in the Treasure Valley including Boise. Platt is a
major electrical, industrial, automation, utility,
data-communication and tool supplier in the northwest.
"Animals can do amazing things that
people just can't do," said Platt Chairman Harvey Platt in
presenting the check today at a ceremony at Boise City Hall West.
"These dogs and the officers who work with them provide a service
to the community that is valuable and impressive and worthy
of our support."
"Our police service dogs have saved
lives," said Chief Masterson in accepting the donation. "These dogs
will go places and do things our officers can't do without
tremendous risk to their safety. Police service dogs are trained to
sniff out and locate potentially dangerous suspects protecting the
lives of officers and citizens. We're very fortunate to have them
on our department."
goal is to make Boise the country's most livable city, and public
safety is crucial for that," said Mayor David Bieter. "We're very
grateful for the support a respected business like Platt is showing
for our city and our Boise Police Department. The police Canine
Unit is a valuable tool for our officers who work everyday to keep
this city safe and a great place to live, play and do
Platt had a strong representation of
company leadership in Boise today to show support for the BPD and
it's Canine Unit. Joining Chairman Harvey Platt today was Platt
President Jeff Baker of Beaverton, Oregon, Platt Regional Vice
President Corey Jackson of Spokane, Washington, Boise Branch
Manager Dale Schnieder, Meridian Branch Manager Troy Winans, Nampa
Platt Manager Kevin Fine, and Josh Hoffman and Gary Cole who are
Special Projects Managers with Platt in the Treasure Valley.
"We are thrilled and honored that Platt
is giving us this large donation today and trusting that we will
use it wisely toward protecting our officers and the citizens of
this community," said Boise Police Captain Eugene Smith, commander
of the BPD Canine Unit.
"Our police service dogs are deployed
every day during some situation where they're needed to help take
drugs off the streets, keeping our airports safe, or searching for
suspects and protecting officers," said Lt. Alan Cavener,
supervisor of the canine team. "More police dogs means fewer
illegal and dangerous drugs on the streets, and that's safer for
all of us."
The Boise Police Canine Foundation was
established in late December, 2009, with the goal of raising funds
to support and enhance the BPD Canine Unit. The immediate goal
is to raise funds to purchase a new patrol dog trained in drug
detection and suspect apprehension. Eventually, the new dog will
replace an active police service patrol dog, Blek, set to retire
within the next year.
Platt's donation of $4,200 is approx
half the cost of a new police service patrol dog. Chairman Harvey
Platt challenged others in the Boise area business community to
continue to support the Canine Unit and contribute to the
Since the Boise Police Canine Foundation
was established through the Idaho Community Foundation late last
year the foundation has received approx $2,100 in donations.
"All the donations to the Canine
Foundation are very appreciated and all the money goes to support
the dogs," said Lt. Cavener. "We know times are tough and people
only give to organizations they believe in. From the five dollars
donations to the $100 checks to today's incredible donation of
$4,200, we're grateful for every dollar, and guarantee the dogs and
the community will benefit."
What is the Boise Police Canine Foundation?
The Boise Police Canine Foundation is a
charitable fund that supports the operation of the Boise Police
Canine Unit beyond the departments annual operating budget.
The Boise Police Department is not
allowed to accept donations, though citizens grateful for police
services have generously offered to contribute over the years. By
partnering with the Idaho Community Foundation, the Boise Police
Department can accept contributions toward purchasing new police
dogs and supporting its existing dogs
What will donations to the Boise Police Canine Foundation help
Citizen donations to the Boise Police
Canine Foundation will pay for needed improvements and supplies for
the canines beyond what the departments annual operating budget
For example, although many of the
departments drug and explosive detection dogs are adopted from
local animal shelters, the purchase of a dual purpose drug and
apprehension patrol dog can cost between $8,000 and $9,000. A
training bite suit, that helps maintain the patrol dogs skills
while keeping trainers safe costs $1,300.
How can citizens contribute?
Contributing to the fund is easy!
Donations can be made online at
www.idcomfdn.org , click on Donate Directly to Your Favorite Fund,
and choose Boise Police Canine Foundation,.
Or mail a check made out to Boise
Police Department Canine Foundation to:
ICF at P.O. Box 8143, Boise, ID 83707.
Today, the Boise Police Canine Unit consists of:
- 4 drug detection dogs. 2 are currently in training, meaning
they are not yet certified for street use. One drug detection dog
is assigned to the Boise Police Bandit narcotics unit, one to the
Neighborhood Contact Officer unit, and two are assigned to patrol.
Boise Police drug detection dogs are adopted from our local animal
shelters. Three of the drug detection dogs are labs or lab mixes,
the fourth is a German Shepherd, Belgian Malanois mix.
- 5 explosive detection dogs. These dogs are assigned to the
Boise Airport but are often called upon to respond to any location
throughout the Treasure Valley. These dogs are purchased with
Homeland Security funds. Four of the explosives detection dogs are
labs, the fifth is a German Sheperd..
- 4 patrol dogs. Patrol dogs are cross trained in drug detection
and suspect apprehension. Patrol dogs are purchased at a young age
with some basic training. Many police patrol dogs come from Europe,
are sent to American suppliers who then sell the dogs to police
agencies. These dogs require in depth training with their handler
before they are ready for police works. Three of the Patrol dogs
are Belgian Malanois, the fourth is a German Sheperd.