Hartford Police Department welcomes first K9 unit, Cash

HARTFORD -- The beat began Wednesday, April 25th for Hartford's newest police officer -- K9 officer "Cash."

The purebred red fox labrador became the Hartford Police Department's first K9 unit.

Cash was made possible thanks to a Hartford Police Department fundraiser that garnered more than $100,000.

"This whole program was funded 100% by donations. Every single person from Hartford and out of Hartford that donated everything from a penny to $10,000 all contributed to this, so the entire length of  the K9 program isn't gonna cost the city a single thing," one police official said.

One of the biggest donations came from Quad Graphics. The printing company donated $45,000.

Officer Cash will be utilized with the department's traffic narcotics team and the drug recognition expert program. The dog will also be trained for tracking and will be used in a variety of community outreach capacities.

CLICK HERE for more on the fundraiser that made this possible.