With the approval of Chief Koranda and the Maquoketa City Council the Maquoketa Police Department K-9 Unit began in March of 2005 with a fundraising campaign.
The response from private citizens and local businesses was overwhelming. As of December 2007, just under $17,000 has been donated to the K-9 program. This does not include other items that have been donated such as all of the materials for the kennel including the cement and the labor to construct the kennel and a 2002 Chevy Impala Squad Car donated by Brad Deery Motors. The support for the program continues to this day as Mitchell Maskrey donates all of the dog food, Becker Vet Clinic provides veterinary care and Fancy Pooch Dog Grooming donates all of the baths and grooming for the K-9 Unit.
In the summer of 2005, the Maquoketa Police Department decided on a kennel to provide the K9 Unit’s training and where to purchase the dog from. In September 2005, Officer Brendan Zeimet began a 5 week training course with Mid-Michigan Kennels in Eaton Rapid Michigan. There, Officer Zeimet was introduced to his K9 Partner “Ricky”. At that time, “Ricky” was a 13 month old male German Shepherd from the Czech Republic. While in Michigan, “Ricky” and Officer Zeimet were trained in the areas of Narcotics Detection, Tracking, Area Searches, Building Searches, and Handler Protection/Aggression Control. On October 20, 2005 Officer Zeimet and K9 “Ricky” graduated from Mid-Michigan Kennels. On March 18, 2013 Patrol K9 “Ricky” retired from active duty due to age and health.
Knowing that “Ricky” was retiring in 2013, the Maquoketa Police Department started fundraising again in 2012 for a new K-9. In March of 2013 the Police Department had collected enough funds to purchase a new K-9. The Maquoketa Police Department purchased a black lab and named her “KILO”. KILO and her handler went to Mid-Michigan Kennels for training. After completing the training, “KILO” was put on active duty with her handler, Officer Keenan Meinicke. “KILO” is not a Patrol K-9, but is a search K-9 and is trained to search for drugs, items and people.