- The Minocqua Police Department wants a new member of its police squad--specifically a police dog.
The department has been fundraising for a K9 for the past year or so.
On Saturday the Lakeland Area Public Task Force held Lakeland Area Public Safety day as a way to raise money.
Squad cars, ambulance trucks, fire trucks, and every type of rescue crew from both Oneida and Vilas counties showed off their gear.
"These guys came out to donate their time so that these kids could have fun, climb around in fire trucks, squad cars, and the DNR boats, everything, just to educate them a little bit and to have a good time," said Minocqua Police Officer Matt Tate.
Police dogs can cost thousands of dollars. Officer Tate said the department is getting close to its goal, but isn't quite there yet.
The event wasn't just to raise money. It was also about community and education.
"It's important that we do these fundraising events so people see not only where some of their tax dollars are going but also look, these are the resources we have so if you need us you can call," Tate said.
This was first year of the event. Tate said they plan to host it next year and the proceeds for that will go to a different organization.
|Story By: Stephanie Haines