A Tragic Loss Turns Into Something Meaningful For Area Police
The University of Cincinnati's newest police officers are patrolling campus on four legs. K-9's Boomer, a black lab, and Dozer, a yellow lab, are already on the job engaging students and staff, and patrolling games and other large campus events.
"It was a way to remember Matt and what was important to him," says his mother, Nancy Haverkamp. She says purchasing police dogs and paying for their training is a way for her to make a difference "and make that an ongoing way to remember him and continue his work."
Haverkamp says her son created Golf Manor's first bike patrol and K-9 units.
She says the foundation has invested in 30 dogs for TriState departments.
"We've actually funded, gifted, I guess we should say invested almost $300,000 for our local police departments," she says.
The foundation is currently working to raise funds for seven more K-9 units.
UC's Boomer and Dozer are trained to do bomb sniffing. The university says the dogs can detect 26 different explosive chemicals.