PTC police chief wants to start K-9 unit

Sun, 08/03/2008 - 5:43pm
By: Cal Beverly

New Peachtree City Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark will ask the City Council Thursday night to OK a $13,000 donation to start a two-dog, two-handler K-9 unit.

Clark said in a memo to the council that Panasonic Corp. — which has a large plant here — is offering the seed money to go toward an estimated $36,000 start-up cost for two trained drug-sniffing dogs, two police handlers, kennels and gear to equip patrol vehicles to carry the dogs.

“K-9 programs are ... an extremely effective tool,” Clark wrote. “Not only are they useful in our fight against illegal narcotics, but they are also highly effective in apprehending criminals and deterring crime by their mere presence.”

Clark said the availability of trained dogs in the city could make the difference in search and rescue operations. “One of these incidents involved very young children lost for several hours in a swampy area.”

They were found after a large search, but if the children had become lost during the winter months, “it could have turned into a life-or-death situation very quickly,” Clark wrote.

“The police department intends to solicit donations for the initial costs and cover ongoing costs through donations and the department operating budget,” Clark wrote to the council.

The council meets at 7 p.m. this Thursday at City Hall in Peachtree City.

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Submitted by DWKK07 on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 7:44pm.

It's about time! About two years ago a police chase ended in front of a friend of mine's house off of Willow Rd. and two guys jumped out and ran off towards Hwy 54. My friend and I saw it happen, and tried to help point the officers in the right direction. What struck me was that a Coweta County police officer showed up with a police dog a pretty long time later. I read the next day that one of the guys stole another car and ended up getting caught in another city. I asked one of the PTC officers why Coweta was here, and he said that they don't have police dogs in PTC. I thought this was absurd, considering the type of community we live in - I would personally expect our law enforcement to have all the resources that they need in a high income area like this. I think recent headlines in this paper have sure proved they need it. In the case that I witnessed, maybe somebody else wouldn't have gotten their car stolen if the police dog didn't have to come all the way from Coweta County to track them.
I hope they get some more of these big businesses to make some good donations if our city officials can't pony up the rest of the cash.

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