ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Three local law enforcement agencies are in the running for a K-9 grant from Aftermath, a national company that specializes in trauma cleaning and biohazard removal.
The Roseburg Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Coos County Sheriff’s Office are competing against more than 50 agencies in the western region of the United States.
If one of the agencies wins first place, they could receive a $5,000 grant that goes straight to their K-9 program.
According to the Aftermath website, the company is awarding second through fifth place prizes, plus two honorary mention awards, with a $500 prize.
Koree Tate, a committee member for the Friends of the Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, said RPD or DCSO would be happy with any placement because that means more funding for the police dogs of Douglas County.
“Any funds that come in helps us maintain money when needed," said Tate. "Whether that be for a kennel, for training, food, medical expenses.”
Tate said the Friends of the Umpqua Valley Police K9 Program fundraises for all three K9 programs in Douglas County -- the Roseburg Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Winston Police Department.
Three days into the contest, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office is in first place in the region.
Sergeant Adam Slater, who is handler to Coos County's K-9 Odin, said they’re overwhelmed with the support they’ve received.
“People are just standing up and being recognized," said Slater. "(They) tell us how much they appreciate Odin and Raven and what they do for us.”
Voting concludes Nov. 3 and winners will be announced Nov. 6.
To vote, click here.