The Independence Police Department sends out thanks for everyone who has supported the IPD canine program, especially Tracy Oakes. Harrison met with Oaks last fall and explained that IPD planned to have the canine team on the street in the middle of 2020. She offered to fund the dog if it would help start the program sooner. Harrison says without Oaks they would probably have had to delay the program. The canine program has been funded nearly entirely by donations. With the support IPD has raised over $30,000.
Harrison added that IPD is not done yet. He says they need the community’s continued support to provide for food and equipment for Pax over the long term.