The Greenfield Police Department Canine Unit supports the Patrol Division by providing narcotics detection, evidence searches, tracking and criminal apprehension functions. The unit is currently made up of 2 Belgian Malinois / German Shepherd hybrid police dogs; canine DJ handled by Officer Eric Lindstrom and canine Karma handled by Officer Steve Turnacliff.
Sergeant Scott Zienkiewicz is the Canine Unit Supervisor and oversees all training and recertification of the canines and their handlers.
The Canine Unit was formed in 1992 when a Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Della was donated to the department. Southern Police Canine of Spring Hope, North Carolina then trained Della in narcotics detection. Shortly after returning, Della was used extensively in support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
That same year, Officer Brad Wentlandt began a fund raising drive that collected in excess of $15,000 for the purchase of a Patrol / Tracking Canine. Officer Wentlandt had seen 1st hand how effective canine teams could be while assigned as a Military Working Dog Handler for the U.S. Air Force. Donations came from all facets of the community. The Greenfield Jaycees were the lead organization during the fund drive.
Patrol & Tracking
In September of 1992, Southern Police Canine supplied the Department with its 1st Patrol / Tracking Canine, a Belgian Malinois named Andor. The ensuing years of the fledgling unit would see the early retirement of Andor due to a genetic hip disorder. During this time, the department added 2 new Patrol / Tracking Canines. Reggie, handled by then Officer Jay Johnson, began service in 1993 while Lazer, handled by former Officer John West, began service upon Andor's retirement in 1995.
Della retired, along with her handler, in 2001. In August of 2001, Reggie passed away after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Lazer retired in 2004 due to injuries sustained in the line of duty.
Officer Brian Wallander attended canine training school in May of 2002 and returned with Raider, a patrol/tracking and narcotics detection canine. Raider worked until his retirement in 2010.
Officer Scott Zienkiewicz attended canine training in North Carolina at Southern Police K-9 in 2005 and returned with canine, Badger. Badger retired in 2012 due to a ruptured disc in his neck.
Officer Eric Lindstrom attended canine training in 2010 and returned with canine DJ. DJ was purchased through a generous donation from the board of Dan Jansen Family Festival and is named after the iconic Olympian from Greenfield.
Officer Steve Turnacliff attended canine training in January of 2013 and returned with canine Karma. Karma was purchased through a generous donation from the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA) Police Canine Foundation and the Stan & Lee Kass Foundation. Officer Steve Turnacliff and canine Karma retired in May of 2016.
Donations to the Canine Unit are welcome and always greatly appreciated.