Elm Grove Police
K-9 Officer formal name:
QAI VOM SCHAFER SEE
January 10, 1999, Lawrence, Michigan
Breed: German Shepherd, Male,
Color: Distinguished Black &
Sprints at nearly 30 m.p.h.
Elm Grove Police Department’s K-9 unit was officially established on May 29,
2001 with a formal “swearing-in” ceremony in the Board Room.
Many officials and residents of the community were on hand to witness
for the first time, Captain Gus Moulas take the oath of office on behalf of
his new police canine partner. This
important ceremony made it official, that “Qai” Vom Schafer See, is to be
recognized as an official member of the Elm Grove Police Department as a police
canine. This distinction enables certain protections and exceptions
under both Wisconsin State Law as well as Village Ordinance.
Qai becomes the Departments 19th “sworn officer”.
Chief Haig presented Qai with his specially designed badge.
Qai wears this badge at all times while he is performing his law
enforcement duties. His handler
wears a special black and gold K-9 insignia on his uniform as
Cost to the taxpayer?
K-9 unit development was approved by the Village Board, however, may not have
been financially possible without the extraordinary and significant private
donation from one Elm Grove family. The
private funds made it possible to purchase the fully trained canine; majority of
the training equipment; specially equipped and dedicated police K-9 vehicle with
heat detection safety and bail-out electronics; bullet resistant vest,
protective reflective tracking vest; uniforms for the handler; food; veterinary
care; and miscellaneous support supplies. Private
donations from citizens and business leaders are always appreciated so that we
may continue this valuable program for our community for years to come.
Additional expenses from year to year will come from replacement of
training gear, training programs, veterinary care and food.
Where did Qai come from?
was acquired in January of 2001 from Steinig-Tal Kennels (STK), LLC, in
Campbellsport, Wisconsin. STK is
owned and operated by Larry & Sandee Filo.
They specifically import, breed, and train German Shepherd dogs for
police work and have been in business since 1978. Over 70 police K-9 teams are certified and working for
various law enforcement and correctional centers throughout the State.
long research on police canines and training kennels throughout the United
States, STK was eventually selected because of their reputation in the law
enforcement canine community and accreditation through the Fox Valley Technical
College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Additionally,
the close proximity of this kennel and training facility makes for recurrent
monthly and annual certification more efficient and effective for the K-9 team.
In most cases, STK acquires German Shepherd dogs directly from Germany or
breeds German Shepherd dogs here in the Unites States from bloodlines that are
directly from European heritage. Qai
was born on January 10, 1999 in the United States at Schafer
Lake Kennels in Lawrence, Michigan. He
was bred from two imported champion line European (German and Czechoslovakian)
German Shepherd dogs. He has the
distinct German Shepherd black and tan markings.
How did Qai become selected for Elm Grove PD?
to the final acquisition of Qai, STK “loaned”
him to his prospective handler, Captain Gus Moulas, on December 23, 2000 for a
short period of time. This was an
opportunity for the handler to evaluate Qai in an environment other than the
training facility. Qai was able to
stay with the handler and later visit his potential “work-place”.
It is also very important for STK to properly match up the specially
trained canine with the appropriate police officer handler.
As it turned out, Qai seemed to be a very good fit for his handler, the
Department, and community he would eventually work for.
Once it was decided that Qai would be the specific canine for the
Department, he was allowed to remain living with the handler so that the very
important bonding process could begin. While
Qai was able to remain living with his handler, they would commute to the kennel
for training. Because Qai was a
fairly young dog entering police service, he was receiving additional police
training until the start of the Basic Canine Training Course in the Spring of
What type of training does the police canine team undergo?
Basic Canine Training Course is 4 weeks (160 hour) in length and is an
accredited training program through the Fox Valley Technical College.
The handler and his K-9 partner perform extensive training exercises on
topics such as canine obedience; article searching; field searching; courtroom
testimony and 4th amendment considerations; obstacle course training;
crowd control; and techniques for apprehension and pursuit.
There are also written tests that must be completed by the handler.
Upon successful completion of this training program, the K-9 team is
awarded with a certificate from Fox Valley Technical College.
To receive certification, the K-9 team must perform very strict standards
that have been developed by STK and adopted by the college.
These standards are also very similar to standards set forth on a
national level and recognized throughout the country for police canine teams.
is an on going and never ending process. To
maintain all of Qai’s abilities to perform well in the law enforcement
environment, monthly training is conducted both at the department and
periodically at the training kennel. The
K-9 team must certify annually so that they are able to document for a court of
law specific trained disciplines. This
is significant and unique because the K-9 team is capable of developing
“probable cause” for purposes of conducting both warrant and warrant-less
searches in certain circumstances. Therefore, the K-9 handler must be ready to provide specific
training documentation to a court of law in the event an arrest or the
development of probable cause is ever challenged.
What can Qai do for law enforcement and the community?
is considered a dual-purpose narcotic trained police dog.
This means that he has specific training to perform the following
functions to assist in a law enforcement mission:
Narcotics detection (heroine,
cocaine, marijuana, other derivatives)
School locker searches upon
request by a school district
Area and building searches for a
Tracking and searching for lost
Tracking and apprehension of
Clearing vehicles after high risk
Evidence search and recovery
Support emergency tactical
addition to the aforementioned specific law enforcement functions, Qai and his
handler are available to groups, schools, or organizations for purposes of
putting on general demonstrations and to discuss the police K-9 role, child
safety with respect to dogs, and other safety tips specific to the group
audience and interest. Qai is very
social and interacts well with adults, children and groups.
Although there is no charge for appearances, any financial donation
toward the Elm Grove Police K-9 fund is greatly appreciated.
These funds will offset any direct costs toward the taxpayer.