Donation enables acquisition of Stow Police's third K-9 unit

Staff Report Published:

The Stow Police Department is adding another K-9 Unit, bringing its number of K-9 units to three. Officer Erik Dirker and his K-9 partner, Spectrum, will be attending training in Wapakoneta. The training will commence on March 18 and conclude on April 6.

Once trained, Spectrum will be a full service K-9 who will be certified in drug detection, suspect apprehension and tracking. The addition of Officer Dirker and Spectrum will allow the Stow Police Department to have a K-9 Unit on each of the three patrol shifts.

The purchase of the dog and the training of Officer Dirker and Spectrum are being funded by a donation from Rick Schultz of Spectrum Surgical, for which the K-9 is named after. The Stow Police Department K-9 Units have been funded by donations from businesses and residents of the city of Stow.

Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to the K-9 Unit can find a donation form on the city of Stow website under the Police Department link by going to the website at

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