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 Clinton Township Kiwanis members stand with Clinton Township Board of Trustees members as they officially give $10,000 toward the K-9 program.

Clinton Township Kiwanis members stand with Clinton Township Board of Trustees members as they officially give $10,000 toward the K-9 program.

Photo by Nick Mordowanec


Clinton Township Kiwanis Club donates $10K toward township’s K-9 unit

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 23, 2019

 Clinton Township officer Steve Wietecha stands with the township’s lone K-9, Bice, Dec. 9 during a Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Clinton Township officer Steve Wietecha stands with the township’s lone K-9, Bice, Dec. 9 during a Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Photo by Nick Mordowanec

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department recently received some big bucks toward its K-9 program.

At the Dec. 9 Board of Trustees meeting, the Clinton Township Kiwanis Club donated $10,000 to the department in relation to costs for training, vehicle outfitting and vests. Numerous members were in attendance to donate a large check to the CTPD.

Money was raised at a “reverse raffle” fundraising event in November at Fern Hill Golf Club. In total, 200 $125 tickets were sold.

“They found it was for the K-9 unit and were happy to do it,” said Kiwanis member Kerry Jantz.

Officer Steve Wietecha handles the lone township K-9, Bice. The pair went through a six-week training academy prior to getting certified with the United States Police Canine Association.

Bice is a dual-purpose K-9 who sniffs for narcotics, suspects, runaways and missing persons. He has not been taught to sniff for marijuana due to the change in state law.

Police Chief Fred Posavetz started the township’s K-9 program in 1984, heading it for a decade. The program eventually faded into obscurity, with the department borrowing dogs for specific causes.

In March, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the restarting of the K-9 unit.

The CTPD got Bice through a local nonprofit organization called Prevention Concepts & Solutions Inc., which essentially takes dogs formerly living with military veterans with PTSD and partners them with local police departments.

Posavetz said that partnership promotes a “good bond,” with vets getting additional dogs to possess, and it continues the cycle. The CTPD follows the collective bargaining agreement in terms of finding handlers for dogs, identifying who is best based on interest and résumés.

“We have to make the hard choice of who will be the K-9  handler, because there’s only one,” Posavetz said.

Wietecha, whose brother is a police officer in Roseville and a K-9 handler there, said he always grew up with dogs. Currently, he has a terrier mix at home that has befriended Bice.

“Bice has become friends with him,” Wietecha said.

Jantz hopes Bice is just the beginning for an expansion of the township’s K-9 unit, which he said  leads to “great results” and keeps the community safe.

“It’s a very economical way, once you have a K-9,” Jantz said. “It’s a great way for tracking; it’s a great way for apprehension of suspects.”

The Kiwanis Club is seeking new members. Anyone interested can contact Jantz at (586) 610-3511.