Orange County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit Receives Grant

(PAOLI) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit has received a grant in the amount of $4,240 from the Hoosier Uplands Public Safety Improvement Program (PSIP).

Orange County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Finn

The PSIP was established in 2019 and is a locally funded program that provides funding to cities, towns, counties, nonprofit agencies or businesses, located in Lawrence, Orange, Washington, Martin, and Crawford Counties. Generally, this program may provide all or part of the funding for a project that is shown to enhance public safety through grants to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency services, and drug abuse programs. 

“We are very grateful for the generosity and support from Hoosier Uplands and their PSIP program,” says Sheriff Joshua Babcock.

Deputy Ryan Smith and K-9 Finn

These funds will go towards Finn and his handler, Deputy Ryan Smith, ongoing training that they will receive throughout the year as well as go towards their reporting software for their K-9 reports and various equipment needs and upgrades.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit has been founded from the beginning solely from the generosity of local businesses and citizens who have generously donated to our K-9 fund to make our goal of having a K-9 unit at the sheriff’s department a reality.

As of the date of this release, Finn has been deployed 66 times throughout Orange County since certification in May of 2019.

“Without the generosity of those individuals, we would not be fortunate enough to have such a valuable resource available to the citizens of Orange County,” says Sheriff Babcock. “We will continue to need to raise funds in order to maintain our program now and in the future.”

Anyone who would be interested in assisting the K-9 Program at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department can send their donation to the address listed below:

For donation information:
Orange County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Fund
205 E. Main Street, Suite 5
Paoli, IN 47454