K-9 Unit

Officer Dennis Funari and Our K-9 Chico

Best Friends of the Force


Our K-9 Unit has been in existence for over 18-years.  Officer Dennis Funari has had the honor of handling three dogs during that time: Floppy, Jaro, and most recently, Chico who passed away in March 2017. He is pictured with Chico above.

Due to the success of the K-9 unit, support of the community, and generous donations received by the Kiwanis Club, we have acquired three new dogs: Cash, Dax, and Timmy.  


The dogs and their handlers, Officer Funari, Officer Josh Frey and Officer JP Toth, are presently in training. They will join the police force in mid-November.2017.


A Very Special “Thank You!” to the Westlake Kiwanis

The Westlake Kiwanis' Westlake Kiwanis Youth Foundation Inc. started a “Canine Fund” in late 2016 and has raised approximately $36,000 for the acquisition, training, and deployment of the unit. They are still accepting donations.  


Thank you to everyone who has given so generously!

Vote for WPD K-9 Unit in Grant Competition

You can vote until Tuesday, November 7 to help our K-9 Unit receive a grant from the 2017 Aftermath K9 Grants! 


The five law enforcement agencies with the most votes will win grants that can be used for any of the costs associated with the unit. 


Cast your vote by going to https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ and select “Westlake Police Department, OH” from the dropdown list. You can vote once per day.