June fundraiser will benefit Redlands Police Department K-9 unit


June 7, 2017 – The Mexico Café, 892 E. Highland Ave, San Bernardino, will host its second annual fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, with all proceeds going to support the Redlands Police Department K-9 Unit. 

Highlights will include K-9 demonstrations and the RPD ballistic capable rescue/tactical vehicle. K-9 Unit T-shirts will also be available for purchase. The Mexico Café is located across the street from Perris Hill Park.

All tips from the day are being donated to the Redlands Police Department K-9 Unit. Patrons are welcome to make additional donations. Last year’s event raised $20,000 for the care and training of the K-9 Unit.

The RPD K-9 Unit includes Duke, a 3-year old German Shepherd and his partner Officer Joseph Valdivia, and Sonny, the newest member of the team, a 2-year-old springer spaniel, and his partner Officer Jaimeson Liu. 
Both K-9 teams will be at the event.

In December 2008, the Redlands Police Department began its drug-sniffing K-9 program with Radar, a black Labrador mix, using only private donations. In 2012, Radar retired as a working police K-9. Since that time, department K-9s have also included Kass, a 3-year-old chocolate Labrador, who retired from duty in 2013 due to health issues and Chewy, a narcotics odor detection dog, who retired last year.

Redlands Police narcotics officers frequently call on the department K-9s and also make them available to other local and federal agencies. The department also provides regular service to local schools through a contract with the Redlands Unified School District.

Since 2008, the ongoing training, medical costs, equipment and lodging for the department’s K-9s have been supported entirely by private donations with no cost to the City’s General Fund.

The Redlands Police Department also accepts direct donations to the K-9 program. Contact your tax professional to determine if your donation is tax deductible. Donations may be made out to the City of Redlands, attention Police Canine Fund, tax ID number 95-6000766, P.O. Box 3005
Redlands, CA 92373.

Donations (cash or check) may also be delivered to the Redlands Police Department, Attention Police Canine Fund, tax ID number 95-6000766, 1270 W. Park Ave., Redlands, CA 92374