Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit’s new drug detection canine “Storm”
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857
For Immediate Release For More Information Contact:
December 1, 2006 Michael Bauer 608/266-7876
ATTORNEY GENERAL PEG LAUTENSCHLAGER ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF DRUG DETECTION CANINE “STORM,” DONATED TO HELP FIGHT DRUGS IN LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
MADISON Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager today announced, on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Lake Winnebago Area MEG (Metropolitan Enforcement Group) Unit, the acquisition of the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit’s second drug detection canine, Storm. (PHOTO)
The acquisition of Storm was possible through a generous private donation from Julie Broderick of Oshkosh. The unit combines state, federal and local law enforcement agencies and officers to investigate and combat illegal drugs in our communities.
Storm is a three- and one-half-year-old yellow lab acquired from and certified through Steinig Tal Kennels of Campbellsport, Wisconsin. Storm is a sole-purpose narcotics detection canine, and will be assigned to Officer Bill Ledger of the City of Fond du Lac Police Department. Investigator Ledger has been assigned to the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit for the past two years.
“The donation of Storm by Julie Broderick to the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit canine program is a welcome addition to an already highly successful program,” Lautenschlager said. “I am very grateful for the kind donation of this uniquely trained animal, and for the service she will provide to the men and women of law enforcement serving on our behalf.”
Addie, the unit’s original canine, is also a sole-purpose drug detection canine. Addie has been with the unit since September of 2004. Addie was donated to the MEG unit by Marie Kuber of Fond du Lac. Addie’s statistics are extremely impressive, with over 900 deployments, and significant seizures of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines to her credit.
Both Julie Broderick and Marie Kuber have donated canines to other departments in the area. Marie Kuber recently donated Grendel, a German Sheppard, to the Fond du Lac Police Department. Grendel is assigned to Officer Ryan Williams, and he is a dual purpose canine trained in narcotics detection and patrol duties. Julie Broderick recently donated Jess, a German Sheppard, to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. Jess is a dual purpose narcotics/patrol canine assigned to Deputy Chris Braman.
Julie Broderick said she hoped her donation will help prevent traumatic incidents like the one she and her family experienced. Broderick’s parents and cousin were seriously injured in an automobile collision that occurred in September, 2000, in Winneconne. The driver of the vehicle responsible for the collision had been convicted of drug related offenses in the past. Broderick stated that she is donating the drug canines in the hopes that victims and their family members do not have to go through the trauma of similar incidents. She said she hopes that through the use of these canines, people under the influence of controlled substances, or those dealing controlled substances, will be apprehended before other innocent people are hurt.
“The generosity of these donors cannot be overstated,” Lautenschlager said. “The addition of Addie and Storm to the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit would not have been possible without the contributions of these generous citizens.”
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September 29, 2004
LAUTENSCHLAGER ANNOUNCES ARRIVAL OF DRUG DETECTION
CANINE "ADDIE" THROUGH PRIVATE DONATION TO
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA MEG UNIT
MADISON - Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Lake Winnebago Area MEG (Metropolitan Enforcement Group) Unit, today announced the acquisition of a drug detection canine, made possible through a generous private donation from Marie Kuber of Fond du Lac.
"Addie, a German Shepherd, was purchased by the MEG Unit from the Badgerland German Shepherd Rescue," Lautenschlager said. "The addition of Addie to the MEG Unit will provide another valuable tool for the MEG Unit and other area departments in their drug investigations - helping Wisconsin law enforcement, and helping to make our citizens and communities safer."
The Badgerland German Shepherd Rescue is an organization that provides foster homes for German Shepherds until they can be adopted by owners in permanent homes. These dogs ordinarily wind up at animal shelters or humane societies, where adoption is less certain.
Addie, and her handler, a deputy from the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department who is assigned to the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit, attended 12 weeks of training, sponsored by the Milwaukee Police Department, where she was trained in the detection of various types of illegal drugs. Addie was certified in narcotics detection through the North American Police Work Dog Association (N.A.P.W.D.A.).
Addie's sole purpose for the Unit will be drug detection, as opposed to other departments that cross train their dogs for tasks such as handler protection, tracking, bomb detection, or other functions.
This is the first time the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit, which serves Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Calumet Counties, has enjoyed the benefits of a drug detection dog. Prior to this program, the MEG Unit relied on other police departments and sheriff's departments that already had drug detection dogs.
This program would not have been possible without cooperation from and contributions by several individuals and organizations, Lautenschlager said.
"First and foremost, the program could never have been started without the donation from Marie Kuber, who, with her late husband, also donated land and buildings in Fond du Lac County to Marian College for their Law Enforcement Program," Lautenschlager said. This facility is known as the James L. Kuber Law Enforcement Training Center.
The Milwaukee Police Department sponsored the training for the canine as well as the handler, without cost to the MEG Unit.
"This is an outstanding example of inter-agency cooperation at its finest," Lautenschlager said. The savings to the LWAM will allow the program to operate significantly longer than if the MEG Unit would have had to send Addie and her handler to a private training facility.
The Attorney General, the Lake Winnebago Area Meg Unit, and the law enforcement officers who serve there have expressed their gratitude to all who helped make this program a reality.
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Since joining the LWAM, Addie has conducted over 775 "sniffs", including houses, buildings, schools, vehicles, and packages. Addie has been responsible for the detection and seizure of significant quantities of controlled substances.