Officer Jim Donnell

K9 Unit

Police Officer Jim Donnell has been a police officer since 1992 and began working for the Madison Police Department in 1998. Prior to joining MPD he worked for both the Town of Madison PD and Maple Bluff PD. His experiences prior to K9 include: the Gang and Drug unit and nights patrol primarily in the south district.

He has expressed always having an interest in Canine training and once the Madison Police Department officially started the Canine unit, he immediately applied. He was teamed up with his canine partner Johnny in January 2005. Johnny is a Belgian Malinois, who at the time they were partnered, was just under two years old.

He was purchased with generous donations from Midwest Family Broadcast and WJJO radio station. His namesake is that of Johnny Danger of the WJJO morning show. Johnny was trained through Northern Michigan K9 and was originally imported from the Netherlands. PO Donnell and Johnny graduated from Northern Michigan K9 training center in February 2005 and have successfully worked the streets of Madison ever since. Johnny will be retiring soon after a long successful career.

PO Donnell is currently training Johnny's potential replacement. She is a female German Shepherd named Kona born July 2011.