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unnamedOn Wednesday (Feb. 1) the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department received a generous donation from Keystone RV Co. of $10,000 to be used toward the departments K9 Unit.

CEO Matt Zimmerman noted in a press release, “Keystone RV feels privileged to be able to support the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Our law enforcement needs all the tools they can possible get. They do great things as they protect and serve. As a leader in our community we at Keystone RV feel we should step up and help.”

Currently, the Sheriff’s Department utilizes three dogs, two in corrections, and one on patrol. The Keystone donation will allow the department to add another K9 unit to its patrol division as well as allow purchase additional equipment.

Sheriff Brad Rogers said, “This is not something we budget for, so we do count on local companies and partners in the community to provide this service. It’s really encouraging for the Sheriff’s office to receive this today.”

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit offers several different services beyond aggression training. K9s are trained to find different kinds of illegal substances on a person, in a vehicle, or in and around buildings. Additionally, K9s are trained to track human scent, which can be used to track a fleeing suspect as well as a missing child.