By Tim Kowols
The Kewaunee Police Department’s furriest member had an exciting first year on the force. K-9 Charlie and his handler Officer Brian Gale have together helped find 11 missing people, execute six search warrants, and participate in 60 drug-related incidents. Gale says one of Charlie’s skills may have also saved a life.
Having a dog as a partner has been a big adjustment both on the job and at home, where Charlie and Gale’s other dog have proven to be best pals. He says so far it has been a great experience.
Gale also tries to take Charlie out in the community for various events so they can see what their dollars brought to the city. The Kewaunee Police Department held several fundraisers to help bring Charlie to the force, which amounted to $16,000 for the dog, training, equipment, and upkeep.