After receiving a donation of $5,000 from Kroger and Milk-Bone, the Lake Township Police Department may start the process for forming its second K-9 unit early next year, Police Chief Mark Hummer said last week.
The companies donated the money Tuesday to Chief Hummer and other officers at the Kroger Store on Carronade Drive in Perrysburg and the chief presented the check to the Lake Township trustees during their meeting later that evening.
“This gives us a good start for a second unit,” the chief said, adding the department will be seeking more donations from the private sector to fund the unit.
Donations from several local businesses were used to purchase the department’s first police dog.
“For a small department like ours, a K-9 unit is a very cost effective resource,” the chief said. “We can use them for tracking criminals as well as missing persons, building searches, tracking drugs, and they are protection for their handlers.”
The department’s current K-9 unit lives with its handler officer Kelly Clark.
The handler for the second unit will be Sgt. Scott Sims, who applied for the Kroger/Milk Bone donation.
It costs about $8,000 to purchase a trained dog, the chief said, and another $1,400 or so for training the handler and to purchase special equipment for the vehicle in which the dog rides.
He said K-9 units are considered “regional resources” and often used in jurisdictions outside their department’s.
He said the Kroger/Milk Bone program funds one grant per year in Ohio.
The trustees Tuesday approved the hiring of several persons for the police and fire departments.
Michael Lutton, who retired from the police department in April, was hired as a part-time officer, effective Sept. 1.
Chief Hummer said Mr. Lutton will be working primarily with the detective unit on investigations.
The trustees also approved hiring Jeffrey Pawlecki as a part-time patrol officer. He has worked with departments in Perrysburg and Pemberville.
David Henninger, an engineer at Fire Station 2, was promoted to lieutenant and Matthew Toflinski and Jacob Ondusky were accepted as probationary firefighters at Station 1.