Plainfield police to add second K-9 unit
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent February 5, 2013 8:20AM
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:29AM
The Plainfield Police Department has started the process of getting a new four-legged employee.
The Plainfield Village Board on Monday approved Police Chief John Konopek’s purchase request to equip a second K9 officer in the patrol division.
“The total cost of the request is $17,100.67, which would be taken from the asset forfeiture account and be purchased through three separate vendors,” Konopek said.
Currently, the village’s K9 Unit is comprised of an officer and his four-legged partner, Aron, who began his career with the department in August 2006.
Their duties include tracking for missing persons or fleeing suspects, drug detection, searching for evidence and handler protection. The duo often demonstrate their skills at various community events.
Konopek said the second canine would eventually replace Aron on the police force.
“The typical life span for a (K9 police dog) is seven to nine years and Aron is 7 years old,” he said. “We are hoping for another year or two out of Aron.”
The purchase approved by the board starts the process to buy another dog, who would be the sole K9 once Aron retires.
According to the chief, the majority of the cost covers one fully trained patrol/narcotics police service dog for $13,000. The amount includes a six-week handler course, equipment and lodging at the training facility.
“In addition, we would be utilizing a vehicle already within our fleet as the K9 vehicle,” said Konopek.
Trustee Garrett Peck was supportive of the purchase request.
“I think this is a valuable program and it has helped law enforcement in the past,” said Peck.