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JPD K9 Program Wins Contest

JPD K9 Program Wins Contest

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"UPDATE 1/8/2017:

The Joplin Police Department has won the F.M. K9 "Give Back" Program.  The organizers posted "it was absolutely amazing to see a community come together and support the Joplin K9 Unit with well over 1,000 votes and beyond."  Great job Joplin community!

ORIGINAL 12/13/2017:

The Joplin Police Department needs your help with its K9 Program.

"Working a dog, in my opinion, is the best job in the police department," says Officer Adam Brannin.

You could almost sum up this entire story with that line. But then you wouldn't know exactly how you can help the Joplin Police Department. First, the department needs a new K9. Officer Brannin's K9 is about to retire.

"He's been working the streets since 2009, and he is starting to show some joint issues as he's getting older, he's almost 10 years old."

And even though they'll have to replace his K9, Brannin says they won't be too far apart. He'll still live with Brannin

"We have a special bond, I've had him since he was about a year and a half old, he lives with me at my residence, I actually spend more time with him than I do my family."

There are other dogs on the force and what they do is why special training is so important.

"We have five working dogs, with the police department, four of those working dogs are trained in narcotics detection and one in explosives, we're utilized all the time by patrol officers and by our Ozark Drug Enforcement Team."

Here's how you can help. Log on to Facebook and search F.M. K9. Then you'll find a post about the competition. Comment "Joplin Police Department"

"The department with the most comments, like the Joplin Police Department, the most comments wins free training."

That free training, valued at about $6,500, would cover nearly half of the $13,000 total cost, leaving the savings to pay for other department needs.

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