Handler: Officer Tony LeQue
Sworn: January 2008
Retired: August 2016
Specialization: Narcotics Detection
On September 28, 2007, the Clason family proposed to honor the late Ralph Clason by making a donation of $5,000 for the purchase of a canine drug dog for the La Crosse Police Department. Ralph Clason was a Police & Fire Commissioner for over fourteen years and supported the department’s war on drugs. In addition, he was a big dog lover. The family’s only request as part of their generous donation was that the dog be named “Ralph”.
The family’s donation acted as a catalyst for the community to help with funds for the canine unit, and the “Support Ralph” campaign was a great success. With community support, the department was able to raise over $25,000, in addition to in-kind donations for training, travel, veterinary care, and equipment. Together, La Crosse area business owners, residents, and the Police Department were able to make this canine team a reality, and the department swore-in K-9 Ralph as a member of the department on January 11, 2008.
Ralph, an AKC Black Labrador Retriever from North Dakota. Officer LeQue and K-9 Ralph served on 1st Shift Patrol and were certified annually through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).
On August 1, 2016, K-9 Ralph retired as a La Crosse Police K-9.