“Rebel” currently in dual training course
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
K9 Support Northwest and the Chewelah Police Department are raising funds for their new K9 team, officer Matt Miller and Rebel.
Miller and Rebel have been currently training at a 10-week/600-hour K9 school taught by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. Miller said they expect to be done with the Narcotics training in the middle of January after 200 hours of training to go along with 400 hours of patrol training.
“It’s a force multiplier for the police department,” Miller said. “One canine is comparable to 12 guys on the street looking. It’s sense of smell is 100 times the sense of small by a human.”
The dog will be able to both sniff out drugs and criminals. He’ll also be in the care of Miller, who said Rebel will be “part of the family.”
“He’ll come home with me and the fun part of his day will come when he goes to work,” Miller said.
The Chewelah Police Department currently has five officers and need financial support to help purchase Rebel, his collars, leashes, harness and a ballistic vest, training aids and toys and to cover training costs.
Donations can be made online at http://bit.ly/2haV8J5 or you can mail checks to:
K9 Support NW
1514 E. 9th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202
You can also drop off donations at Chewelah City Hall or to the Chewelah Police Department.
“Most K9 teams are publicly funded,” Miller said. “Such as the K9 departments in Spokane, they’re publicly funded.”