Indiana Conservation Officers have received donated funds from two Indiana organizations to support their K-9 team. Safari Club International (SCI) and Central Indiana Ethanol (CIE) have each donated $5,000.
“These funds will be used to completely equip an officer and a dog to begin service for our agency”, said Law Enforcement Director Danny L. East. “We appreciate these two organizations for understanding and supporting our mission.”
Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team, established in 1997, uses sporting breeds for man tracking, wildlife detection, evidence detection and educational programs. Indiana has increased their K-9 team from 7 officers to 11 officers within the past year.
“Our K-9 program is nationally recognized and 5 other states (Kentucky, Kansas, Virginia, Idaho, Maryland) have come to Indiana for training”, said Master Officer Jeff Milner, ICO K-9 team coordinator.
“Giving back to programs which benefit the communities of our state is one of our missions at CIE”, said Jason Drook, Vice President of Emerging Business. “It is an honor for our company to support the ICO K-9 program and their work to protect our natural resources and our citizens.”
ICO K-9 team has logged 1329 arrests, 826 successful man-tracks, 1,770 public appearances and 422 evidence recoveries since 1997 and has become a vital part of conservation law enforcement and a very useful tool to conventional law enforcement agencies in our state.