“LEE,” the newest crime fighter in Ark City!
Former Dog Handler MPO Eric Mata with "LEE," ACPD's Newest Crime Fighter!
Former Police Chief Sean Wallace and former K-9 Handler Eric Mata traveled to Hill Country Dog Center in the San Antonio, TX. area to select a dog for the Arkansas City Police Department K-9 Program. Lt. Kyle Moomau, Commander of the Kansas Highway Patrol K-9 Unit, accompanied Wallace and Mata. Lt. Moomau tested several dogs and made recommendations to Chief Wallace.
With the assistance of Lt. Moomau, Wallace and Sg.t Mata chose “LEE” a two year old Belgium Malinois (see attached photos). “LEE” came patrol trained from Holland, but had to go through the Kansas Highway Patrol’s ten week K-9 school with MPO Mata to learn tracking and drug detection skills.
“LEE” has become a vital part of the Arkansas City Police Department’s efforts to eradicate drug trafficking in Arkansas City. A big thanks to the organizations, businesses, and individuals who helped make “LEE” a reality.
What can a K-9 do?
A K-9 Unit performs many tasks to assist police officers in their jobs:
- -K9s are trained for tracking: scent detection of human scent and following the
- footsteps of an individual who has left an area on foot.
- -K-9s teams search for lost persons.
- -Building searches require the K9's to locate individuals who may be hiding inside a
- -K9s assist in the capture of dangerous criminals by trailing their path of travel.
- -K9s conduct area searches to detect fleeing hiding criminals.
- -K9s assist in evidence recovery by detecting a human scent which has been
- transferred to items recently handled by humans. Items can be located in any
- indoors or outdoors setting.
- -K9s perform article searches after a crime has occurred such as searching for
- shell casings after a shooting in areas sometimes as large as a football field.
- -K9s back up their Officer partners on all types of patrol calls.
- -Narcotics Detection
- -Officer Protection
The dogs and the Officer Handlers undergo an intensive 10-week training program to become proficient at their work. They are taught obedience, patrol skills, along with narcotic detection skills. After their 10-week basic school the dogs are certified under the International Police Dog Standard. Lee and MPO Mata started training in Topeka on March 15, 2010.
How Can I Help?
You can give a donation of any size to the Arkansas City Police Department K-9 Fund. All monies given will be applied to maintaining equipment, vet bills, food, and other items needed to maintain the K-9.
How Do I Give?
You can mail a check or drop it by the Arkansas City Police Department at 117 W. Central Ave. Arkansas City, KS. 67005. Make checks payable to the Arkansas City Police Department K-9 Fund. All proceeds will go to fund the K-9 Program. Thank you ahead of time for your investment in your community.