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Community can help RPD win funding for K9 unit

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As the Roswell Police Department takes steps to re-establish a K9 unit within the department, RPD is asking for the community’s help in landing some grant money that would go toward the police-dog program, according to a press release issued by RPD.

Each year, Aftermath Services, an Aurora, Ill.-based trauma cleaning and biohazard removal company (the type of specialists used for certain crime-scene cleanup), holds an online voting contest to determine the winners of its Aftermath K9 Grants.

These grants, which will be awarded to the top seven vote-getters participating in this year’s national contest, contribute to law enforcement departments’ financial resources to fund the establishment and operation of K9 units.

RPD is currently working to re-establish a K9 unit — a police dog and an officer trained as its handler — within the department.

Voting for the grant began Oct. 23, and ends Sunday, Nov. 3 at 10:59 p.m. (Mountain Time). Voting takes place at aftermath.com/k9grant, where people can also find more information about the grant. The seven grant winners will be determined by popular vote, so RPD asks citizens to let their family and friends know about the contest and encourage them to vote. Each individual can vote once every 24 hours.

To cast your vote each day for RPD: Visit aftermath.com/k9grant; click the West region; find the RPD patch photo (use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the page to move among pages); click the RPD patch picture to bring up a separate box with the picture. (You may have to scroll back to the top of the page to see the new box); click Vote; enter your first and last name and your email address and click the “reCAPTCHA” box (this information will not be saved; it’s used to ensure you are a real person and you vote only once every 24 hours); and click “Vote.”

RPD wished to thank the community for helping the department in the effort to win this contest that can help with the necessary funding to potentially bring a K9 unit back to RPD.