OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — A few years removed from having its last police K9, the Olmsted Falls Police Department is restarting its unit with the recent addition of Gauge, a 12-week-old Belgian Malinois partnered with Patrolman Dan Daugherty. “There are several benefits to having a K9 officer in the city,” Police Chief Odis B. Rogers said. “Having a K9 to search for a suspect in a building or in a wooded area, that helps to keep our officers safe. Also, searching for narcotics, it helps keep our community safe.” Olmsted Falls Mayor James Graven added, “I’m all about increasing safety. I just think the police K9 will keep our officers and citizens more safe.” Rogers said a few months ago he was approached by Daugherty about reviving the K9 unit, which on average comes with a $20,000 to $25,000 start-up cost related to the purchase of the dog, training and squad car equipment. “I thought it was a great idea,” Roger said. “Officer Daugherty presented a really in-depth proposal that I presented to Mayor Graven and City Council. Also, the officer got in touch with the same training group we used in the past, Buckeye Area Regional K-9 (BARK). “After… Read full this story
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