In 2017, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation developed and launched a new public art campaign placing statues of police dogs around the city. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight the important work done by the Chicago Police Department’s Canine Unit.
The unit is made up of approximately 70 canines that work with officers to help solve crimes and keep the city safe.
For 2018, members of the public can choose to sponsor either a German Shepherd or a Labrador. They will be on display in the Magnificent Mile Area from August through September 30. Sponsors will have the option to purchase their K9 at the end of the campaign.
Money raised will be used to provide assistance to the families of police officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
The public art campaign had over 100 sponsors in 2017. It is one of the many fundraising activities conducted by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation since its establishment in 2004.
Through their efforts, the foundation has been able to give $9.5 million to the families of Chicago Police officers in need.
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