Holmen Area Rotary helps fund new K-9 for Holmen Police

K-9 Ori

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – The Holmen Area Rotary Club continues to help fund the K-9 program at the Holmen Police Department.

The Club presented the Holment PD with a check for $6000 to commission the new incoming K-9 officer, Halo, who will be handled by Officer Aaron Hintz. K-9 officers are used for search and rescue, to look for illegal substances, and can reduce a threat from a group of people. The dog stays with the assigned officer and works when he/she does. The dog can protect the officer by challenging a criminal first and can be remotely released from the police vehicle if necessary.

Holmen’s current K-9 officer, Ori, handled by Officer Terry Kind, will retire soon after serving nearly 10 years in the department. The Holmen Area Rotary Club was instrumental in providing funding for Ori as Holmen’s first K-9 officer.

Rotary members from the Holmen Area have long supported the community through a range of service projects. Currently, the club has initiated a Go Fund Me campaign called, Helping Holmen Families During Pandemic. The funds raised throughout April and May will be distributed to families who are experiencing financial hardship, in partnership with the School District of Holmen. Please visit their Facebook page if you would like to contribute.