Those who still want a Poland Township K9 shirt have a chance. There are still a few left at the Township building for $10 each, as well as Poland K9 decals for $5. Proceeds from both will go towards the new K9 program.
''Originally, they were made up for people who were doing our fundraisers,'' said Police Chief Brian Goodin. ''More and more people who saw the shirts wanted to know if they could buy one.''
With the demand there, Poland Township K9 T-shirts were made up and offered for sale. At this point, Goodin wasn't sure if the T-shirts will be continued. He did say the funds needed to obtain the new K9 were in place and proceeds from the T-shirts would be used for maintenance of the dog and equipment.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Township Police Chief Brian Goodin shows off one of the remaining K9 T-shirts that are being sold to help obtain and maintain a new K9 dog for the department. A few shorts are left and are available at Township Hall for $10 each.
''We generated $16,000 through fundraising,'' Goodin said. ''We needed a total of $49,000 to cover the cost of the dog, the training, and the specially-equipped cruiser. One person came in recently and wrote us a check for the balance needed. As of now, we have the full amount to order the car and the dog.''
If all goes well, Goodin said the department is looking at October for the training. It will involve six weeks of intense training for both the dog and the officer. While the training is being planned, the new car has already been ordered with equipment specifically geared for the new unit.
Goodin said the car will be equipped with a rear cage section designed for the K9. The car will also have temperature-controlled windows that will automatically come down as interior temperature rises.
He said if all goes according to plan, the new K9 unit should be on the job by the end of the year.