A golf tournament is coming up at the Spencer T. Olin Golf Course on October 12 to benefit the fundraising efforts to obtain a K-9 officer for the Alton Police Department. December 1 is the deadline in order to get the dog ready for the next training course in February. The detective heading the effort says they are getting closer to their goal, bnut are still a little short of the $15,000 needed to make this happen.
The department is currently operating with one dog, where it had three at this time last year. Alton Police Detective Marcos Pulido says there will be many prizes that day.
The reason fundraising is being pursued is because of the city's tight budget - the line item for the dog had to be eliminated. You can find out more about the tournament by calling the golf course at 465-3111. Early registration ends September 27.