CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The Police Department's
K9 Unit is being investigated by both state and
federal agents over separate matters.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is
looking into allegations that private donations to the
Police Women's Auxiliary for protective vests and
other equipment for the six police dogs may have been
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and
Hour Division has informed the Police Department and
the city that it wants to investigate hours worked and
wages paid to the department's six canine officers
over the past two years.
Public Safety Commissioner David Zahn said Thursday
that the women's auxiliary, a private association of
police spouses, asked Police Chief Mike Klappholz for
help in the matter questions over the protective
Klappholz called in the DCI, Assistant DCI Director
Steve Conlin said Thursday.
Conlin said he has assigned an agent to look into
"financial aspects" related to the auxiliary.
Money was solicited in the name of the auxiliary
last summer after one of department's dogs was injured
on duty by a pit bull. At the time, the auxiliary said
it had raised about $3,000 for protective vests for
Judy Perkins, the city's chief labor negotiator,
said she assumes one of the six officers asked for the
federal review of overtime matters.
Federal investigators told the city they would be
in town April 18.
Perkins and Commissioner Zahn said the city and the
canine officers have discussed hours and pay in the
Zahn said Thursday that the canine officers have
sought more compensation for time they spend training
Most police officers in the 200-member Cedar Rapids
force work three 12-hour shifts a week, plus 13
additional eight-hour days without any holidays during
The canine officers work three 10 1/2-hour days a
week, with an extra 90 minutes a workday devoted to
the care of the dog each works with.
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The dogs live with the officers.