Hanover approves final payment for police K-9
Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:00 AM
Hanover Police Department will have its first K-9 unit up and running within the next month.
Hanover Town Council President Debbie Kroger said the final purchase for a service dog was approved at Tuesday's council meeting. In April, the police department made a down payment of $4,500, which represented half of the dog's cost.
The dog, a 20-month-old Belgian Malinois, is from a kennel in Little Rock, Ark., and is trained in tracking, narcotics and apprehension. Its name is "Champi," and Sgt. Andrew Sims will be the handler.
Hanover began developing its K-9 unit earlier this year, and Champi will be the police department's first dog.
The K-9 unit will be funded entirely by donations, though the town did contribute $10,000 toward startup costs.
Sims will travel to Little Rock at the beginning of June for a two-week training camp with the dog.
In addition to purchasing the animal and beginning training, the department is constructing a permanent kennel for the dog and retrofitting an SUV to accommodate the required cage and K-9 unit materials. The SUV is currently being modified in Louisville.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the council signed a housing demolition contract with Hanover company Sedam Contracting.
The contract establishes set demolition rates based on building sizes and allows the council to forgo the bidding process on houses or properties that have been deemed unsafe and need to be torn down.
"It makes it a little bit speedier now," Kroger said.
For single-family dwelling up to 1,500 square feet, demolition will be $4,000, while the cost for a single-family house between 1,500 and 3,000 square feet will be $5,500. Detached buildings up to 1,000 square feet will be additional $1,500.