Northwestern has made a donation in support of the City of Evanston’s new canine unit.
After 1st Ward Alderman Cheryl Wollin approached Northwestern officials on behalf of the City Council, the University made a one-time contribution of $25,000 toward start-up costs for the unit in the Evanston Police Department.
“University Police and the Evanston Police Department collaborate in many ways,” said Alan Cubbage, vice president for university relations. “The canine program provides us another opportunity to be a partner on safety both on campus and in the community.”
It is expected that Northwestern will be able to use the dog on routine security patrols as it sees fit, such as at major events.
Since Evanston has gone without a canine program for more than 10 years, the city has occasionally borrowed dogs from surrounding communities.
In addition to Northwestern’s contribution, the city received an initial anonymous donation of $60,000 to start the program, as well as gifts and donations from other local individuals and businesses.