KNOXVILLE – The Knoxville Police Department received a special donation from five-year-old Knoxville resident Holt Link.

Holt donated $50 of his allowance toward the department’s police canine fundraiser. Krissy Link, Holt’s mom, says the donation is one example of how she’s teaching Holt to give back to the community.

“One of the things his father and I talked about when he started amassing money as a child is that we really wanted to instill the save, spend, give plan,” says Krissy. “We want him to understand that he should get involved with his community. This is what he wanted to do, and we fully support him.”

Last week, the department surpassed its fundraising goal of $25,000. Knoxville Police Chief Aaron Fuller says they’ve now raised about $36,000, and all excess funds will remain in the canine fund. The canine will be used for a multitude of duties, such as tracking missing children, the elderly and criminals.

The canine will go through 400 hours of training before being introduced to a handler. From there, the canine will go through four to five weeks of additional training with the handler. The canine is expected to join the department in spring 2021.

“We’re really impressed by the community support,” says Fuller. “The canine is going to be such a great tool for us, and there’s so much it can do.”

Emily Hawk can be reached at 641-672-2581 or by email at ehawk@oskyherald.com.

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