When kickstands go up Saturday, riders in Adairsville will be cruising for a canine cause.
Scheduled to leave from Logtown at 11 a.m., the third annual Adairsville Police Department K-9 Ride will raise funds to provide training and equipment for the agency’s two K-9 units — officer Damon Cadle and K-9 Nero and officer Brandon Wilson and K-9 Mike.
“The K-9 ride is an annual fundraiser we have to help offset costs expended on the K-9 unit,” Chief Arnold Gillman said. “The idea came a few years ago when thoughts were put together for a fundraiser. We have a large biker population in this area of Georgia, so what better way to raise money than to have a gathering of motorcycles for enthusiasts?”
Registration begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be provided in the $15 fee for single riders or $20 for double riders. There also will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
“Our K-9 unit is a very important part of not just our department, but also the community as we have great support and feedback from our citizens,” Gillman said. “The K-9s are active in the schools and in the public, as well as serving the citizens by being a crime deterrent and drug suppression.”
For the chief, the two units’ visibility plays a huge role in their success in the community.
“Visibility is our No. 1 tool in the fight against crime and patrol officers are the most visible and recognized forms of government in any city,” Gillman said. “By having these two units, it helps us maintain a higher level of visibility with the markings on their vehicles and people seeing them out with the dogs at different functions.”