GBPD K9 Memorial Fund
Since the early 80’s, the Green Bay Police Department has used K9’s as an integral part of patrolling the streets. Our K9’s assist with apprehension and locating drugs, evidence, or explosives. Today our K9 unit consists of 5 dual purpose dogs.
Since the inception of the K9 program, the Green Bay Police Department has utilized 26 dogs: Neo, Pyro, Puma, Drago, Rocco, Bose, Echo, Senna, Pocket, Cliff, Cops, George, Vilac, Feit, Yukon, Irk, Expo, Jack, Hans, Zarro, Kili, Buddy, Doobie, Lobo, Basco, and Smoke.
Outside the Police Department stands a memorial wall honoring the men and women of Law Enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In the near future, we hope to have a memorial honoring all of the past K9’s who served the Green Bay Police Department. We have teamed up with internationally acclaimed artist Susan Bahary (https://baharystudios.com) who is well known for her sculptures honoring the animal/human bond and service animals. Susan has agreed to create a bronze sculpture of a Belgian Malinois that will proudly be displayed next to the police memorial wall.
There will be no tax payer money involved with this memorial. All funds will come from donations to the GBPD K9 Memorial Fund on FaceBook. Donation can be made to http://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=DQZUCLQ9XPHW.
The Green Bay Police Department Canine unit began in the spring 1986 with a single canine and handler. Today the canine unit consists of 5 dual purpose canines. The term dual-purpose means that a police dog is capable of working as a patrol dog and as a detection dog respectfully.
The patrol dogs work efforts consists of:
- Tracking suspects or missing persons
- Conducting building and area (wind) searches for suspects
- Evidence searches
- Apprehension of resistive suspects
- Handler protection
Narcotics & Bomb Detection
Five of our canines are certified in narcotics detection and one, Puma, is certified in bomb detection. We have at least one canine team assigned to each shift.
Invaluable Training & Dedication
Canines are an invaluable part of patrol. The training and dedication of the handlers and their partners has paid off immensely by the safe resolution of many incidences through the years. In addition, countless narcotic finds have removed a substantial amount of illegal narcotics off the streets.
All of our canines are directly funded through community donations with maintenance and medical costs funded through our city budget process.
Meet the K-9’s
The Canine unit consists of:
- Officer Rodney Reetz and K9 Bose (German Shepherd) Narcotics / Tracking
- Officer Taylor Clark and K9 Roco (Belgian Malinois / German Shepherd) Narcotics / Tracking
- Officer Jeff Brann and K9 Drago (Belgian Malinois / German Shepherd) Narcotics / Tracking
- Officer Scott Salzmann and K9 Pyro (Belgian Malinois) Narcotics / Tracking
- Officer Tom Conley and K9 Puma (German Shepherd) Explosives / Tracking
- Lieutenant Jody Buth is a K9 unit supervisor
- Lieutenant Mike Sobieck is a K9 unit supervisor
- Commander Kevin Warych
Check out the Canine unit photo gallery to get a glimpse of its members!