Police Department - Oct. 17, 2018
The Winston-Salem Police Department needs your help to win a grant to get the next dog for its K-9 unit. From Thursday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Nov. 2, citizens can vote for the department every 12 hours online at Aftermath.com/K9Grant.
Any legal resident age 6 or older with a valid email address can vote. Citizens can also vote once daily on Instagram (follow @AftermathK9Grant for instructions).
The competition is fierce: More than 3,000 departments are expected to apply for grants. The top eight vote-getters will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $500, said Sgt. Neil Berrier, the head of the department’s K-9 unit.
The grants are being provided by Aftermath Services, a disaster-recovery firm.
"We're about to start the process of getting our next dog for the K-9 unit and winning a grant would offset some of the cost," Berrier said. The specially bred dogs used in K-9 units typically cost about $9,000, he said.
"With more than 3,000 agencies pursuing the grants, we have to have really good participation," Berrier said. "I hope everyone in Winston-Salem will vote at least once, if not more often. I’ll be setting the alarm on my phone so I remember to vote as often as I can!"