Justice arrives in Pulaski

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New K-9 officer introduced into service

Times Herald Staff

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The Pulaski Police Department got an early Christmas present in the form of Justice, who replaces the department's retired K-9 officer.

The Pulaski Police Department held a news conference the day after Christmas to introduce its newest officer, a German Shepherd named Justice.

MyPulaskiK9.org, a committee of area residents, professionals, and law-enforcement personnel, and the department recently reached their goal to raise the funds needed to replace the recently retired K-9 patrol. Justice arrived recently and is now ready to begin patrols with his handler, Officer Kyle Betzner.

“We started this funding and community awareness campaign almost a year ago and through the dedicated efforts of the MyPulaskiK9.org group and the generosity of our community, including a number of outside contributors; it is really remarkable,” Police Chief Mark Hendzel said. “We are extremely thankful for the show of support.”

MyPulaskiK9.org organized a number of community events, including a 5K run/walk and a bowl-a-thon, with all proceeds going to the K-9 fund.

“We are thrilled to finish the year with such an exciting addition to the police force,” Betzner said. “I’ve seen firsthand just how important and successful the K-9 program is to Pulaski.”

Justice and Betzner have already received training for a number of tasks, including detecting illegal substances, search and rescue, and suspect apprehension. Justice will be called into service not only in Pulaski, but surrounding communities as needed.

“This was a community effort,” said Bob Wied, Pulaski police chaplain and a member of the K-9 organization. “We weren’t sure how long it would take to reach our goal but we are grateful to see it happen within the first year. That says a lot about the importance of the program and the support we received.”

Ongoing maintenance funding is still needed to continue the program, as well as budgeting for future expenses. Tax-deductible donations go directly to an established fund held by the Village of Pulaski on behalf of the program. Checks can be made payable to Village of Pulaski (Memo: MyPulaskiK9.org), and sent to: MyPulaskiK9.org, PO Box 555, Pulaski, WI 54162.