ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - An area police department is trying to think about the future of its K9 unit.
The Rockville Police Department has entered the Aftermath K9 Grant contest. The Aftermath K9 Grant was founded to showcase, support, and reward the unique contributions made by law enforcement and their K9 units across the country.
Officials say the K9 Grant raises safety awareness and community kinship throughout the neighborhoods that Aftermath and its law enforcement partners serve.
This year, the Aftermath K9 Grant will award a total of $15,000 in grants to five departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training. Officers and community members nominate and vote for local departments; the top five departments with the most votes will be awarded grants.
Rockville PD is asking for the community's help in getting the grant, as it is based on online votes. The department says it is trying to plan ahead for when their K9 Ellie will have to retire. Officials with Rockville PD say it's estimated to cost $10-15 thousand dollars for a new K9.
If you would like to vote for the Rockville Police Department, follow this link. You can vote once per day. The department urges you to pay close attention to the voting form, as Rockville, Maryland is also attempting to get the grant.