Kronenwetter K-9 Unit
The Kronenwetter Police Department K-9 Unit was formed in 2010. The purpose of our K-9 unit is to provide primary response to our community and mutual-aid assistance to our neighboring communities. The goal of the unit is to deter, identify and apprehend crime in the community. If you would like to learn more about the K-9 unit, contact K-9 Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao.
K-9 "Zander" #121
K-9 "Zander" is a German Shepherd trained as a dual-purpose patrol dog and went into service on October 15, 2012. He and his handler Officer Lopes-Serrao attended a four-week training academy where they formed their partnership. K-9 "Zander" is trained to detect narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. He is also trained in building searches, area searches, suspect and missing person tracking, suspect apprehension, handler protection and more.
K-9 "Zander" was purchased through various donations made to the program after the loss of our previous dog in early 2012.
The K-9 team is assigned to normal patrol duty. During their shift the team is utilized not only by our agency but other agencies across the metro including performing random school checks for the detection of narcotics. The team also trains with the other regional K-9 teams on a regular basis.
History of the K-9 Program
In 2009, officers identified a connection between the increase in property crimes such as residential and vehicle burglaries and drug related crimes. The department applied for and received a $15,000 WI Department of Justice grant for the purchase, equipment and training needed for the formation of the program. An additional $4,000 traffic safety grant allowed the department to purchase emergency vehicle equipment needed for the K-9 squad car. In February 2010, the department acquired K-9 "Chip" through the Little Rock K-9 Academy in Little Rock, AR. K-9 "Chip" was in service from February 2010 until March 12, 2012 when he had to be humanly euthanized after it was discovered he was suffering from a severe case of Blastomycosis.
03.12.12: Click here for original press release
In May 2012 the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation made an overwhelming contribution to the K-9 unit. That donation along with several other from various businesses and private donors allowed the department to purchase K-9 "Zander" and continue the program.
To Help Sponsor The K-9 Unit
The above grants and donations allowed us to purchase the dog, but there are routine expenses associated with the program that still need to be covered such as medical and equipment needs. If there are any businesses or residents that would like to donate to the unit, we would greatly appreciate your support. You can click on the link below or mail a check to the Kronenwetter PD "Attn Canine Unit". If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting with our unit please contact Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao by e-mail or at (715) 693-4215 x 26
Current Individual Sponsors