Costs of a dog like Kato

A reader says:

Hi John,

I was sorry to read about the loss of Kato the K-9 officer. I thought it might be a good time to let the people of the county know about how much it costs to get a dog like Kato. Also information on how the dog continues their training with their officer partner as well as their different duties in schools and events with the general public. K-9 dogs are an invaluable investment for any peace officer group. They are the best bridge between law inforcement and the general public. I bet the good people of Parker and the visitors would be willing to donate some money to such a worthy cause. Further, there is nothing like a good dog story to get peoples minds off of Quartzsite 🙂

Thank you for your time,


Thanks for the email, Audrey. Here are some average costs from the PoliceOne network website:

  • $2500-$4000, dog with little to no training
  • $8000-$10,000, with training in patrol and narcotics
  • $2000, patrol car insert with door popper, temp monitor
  • $1000, maintenance training
  • $400-$1000, vet bills per year

More information on K-9 units is available HERE.

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