Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Golf Tournament raises money for new unit

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the office on a sunny Friday afternoon, but it’s also for a good cause.

Bent Creek Golf Course in Jackson hosted the first Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Golf Tournament. Though the weather sometimes may not cooperate in the final week of April, it did on Friday, April 29.

“This time of year, the weather’s always a concern, but we were so fortunate,” Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson said. “Looking at the weather this week, we were making plans A, B, C, and D. We were grateful to go with plan A today and this day has been wonderful.”

Deputy Zeno, the county’s first K-9 officer in more than 20 years, has been serving in his new role for three weeks now.

He will be a valuable resource in a multitude of ways.

“It’s an extra officer. It’s an extra layer of protection for our officers,” Dickerson said. “It’s an extra tool for us to utilize when we’re going out and working the crimes in the community.”

Twenty-one groups participated in the four-person scramble tournament and helped the sheriff’s office raise the funds necessary to keep Zeno on board.

“For the first time having a tournament like this, we are just overwhelmed with the support we’ve received,” Dickerson said. “We went far beyond the original amount of teams we thought we might get for the first time out.”

The proceeds from the tournament will be used to cover the costs of certification training, a kennel, handler training, and much more.

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