The Sylvania Township Police Department is getting some new help fighting crime, and the help has four legs.
The township's trustees just approved the reinstatement of the police department's K-9 unit along with $20,000 in funding. That will cover the cost of the dog, its training and equipment upgrades to a police car.
The department has not yet selected the dog, but it will happen soon.
The police chief says the dog will be dual-purpose and will be used for tracking and drug detection.
"We make a lot of stops out here to take a proactive approach," said Chief Rob Boehme. "You're never going to get rid of all the drugs. But to take a proactive approach, to try and to reduce that drug activity and such, we thought that a K-9 would be very useful."
The K-9 officer will also be used for teaching local school kids, even for public relations in the township.
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