RIPLEY, W.Va. (WOWK) – The community is completing a few minor housekeeping items as they prepare for the arrival of Ripley’s newest officer, K-9, Ronn.
It has been twelve years since the Ripley Police Department has had an active K-9 program.
Police Chief, Bradley Anderson said he had been pushing for this for the last two years.
Last month, the city council approved the purchase of a K-9 officer, using the money they scrounged up separate from the department’s budget.
In total, a K-9 officer roughly costs $15,000 when you include equipment, training and vet bills.
To help raise additional money, specifically to purchase a bulletproof vest, I-77 Chevy teamed up with Ripley PD and hosted a hotdog sale.
Anderson said he’s grateful for such a supportive community to make this happen.
“They all love it and everybody I talk to says ‘you should have done it sooner,’ it’s another form in keeping my officers safe here and also with the drug problem continuing to rise in all the regions of West Virginia, I think this will be a huge deterrent in that and it will help us fight the drug problem,” said Anderson.
K-9 Ronn comes from Meigs County, Ohio from Pine Grove Kennel which has provided all K-9 officers within Jackson County, WV.
He is a 10-month-old German Shepherd.
Ripley PD is accepting check and money donations as they prepare for Ronn’s arrival which is Monday, April 15th. Ronn and his handler have begun training and Anderson said they are bonding very well.
Today’s hot dog sale raised $1,400.