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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Fundraising for police protection

Well, I suppose we should have expected it to come to this in Burnsville.
Burnsville PD Fundraising To Replace Retiring K-9s

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) ― The struggling economy is taking a bite out of the Burnsville police department. They are trying to raise money to buy two more K-9s.
Burnsville has had canines on its force since 1982.
They've never had to resort to fundraising to fund the police dog program.

"We're currently looking to raise over the next year to year-and-a-half, between $18,000 and $20,000 because we're going to have to replace both of our canine units," continued Jackson.
Canines are cost-effective on the force. It would take four officers to search a building, but it only takes one dog.
They're also good at sniffing out drugs.
It gets old saying this, but how the heck do you justify spending $20 million on the Performing Arts Center when you can't squeeze out $20,000 for the police department?!?

Yes, the PAC is ultimately a boondoggle that serves as a lightning rod for bigger issues. But at $20 million, can you blame anyone for falling back on it?

It's difficult to agree with WCCO's assessment that the struggling economy is to blame for this when you have such a huge on-going expense on the city's hands.


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