Loves Park police raise money for new K-9 through bartending

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: December, 6, 2018 10:30 p.m.

The Loves Park Police Department is raising funds for a new K9. Mayor Greg Jury, State Representative John Cabello and 23 News Anchor Shannon Kelly were behind the bar at Rascals Bar and Grill. Loves Park Police Department's current dog, Rico is retiring soon. His replacement will be a nearly $30,000 investment. Police say these dogs play key roles in searching cars, homes and finding missing people.

“You don’t want to wait for a dog to come from a distant jurisdiction so it's important. The more dogs that we have in the region the better it is for law enforcement and for our communities,” said Loves Park Police Chief Chuck Lynde.

“It was a great experience to have. A lot of ups and downs but it was very rewarding, working with a dog and becoming your partner. So it's just kind of everything he does is good,” said K9 handler Sgt. Erik Meadors.

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With the Loves Park Police Department's K-9 retiring soon, officers take their hand at bartending to raise money for the heir.

Police take part in a guest bartender night at Rascals Bar and Grill to raise money for a new K-9. Loves Park hopes to raise $30,000 to support the new K-9.

Loves Park Mayor Greg Jury and state representative John Cabello are also helping police serve beverages. Both say they are pleased with the community's response and support for the event.

Loves Park's current K-9, Rico, will also pay a visit. The eight-year-old's will retire from the department in January.

You can help support the new K-9 at the bartending event Thursday night from 6-9 p.m. Rascals Bar and Grill is located at 5223 Torque Road.