UPDATE:Sgt. Jeremiah Grider’s request to the Chillicothe City Council meeting for the creation of a K-9 police program was approved by council Monday.

The Chillicothe police plan to partner with Livingston County’s Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit for improved scheduling of the specialty unit, according to the police chief. At the meeting, Livingston County’s handler, Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter, said the proposed scheduling between the departments would be beneficial in terms of relief to the Sheriff’s department.

 

Sgt. Grider presented other benefits of the program.

 

The police budget will be amended by $35,000 to accommodate the purchase a vehicle outfitted for canine occupancy.

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. –  An Army veteran and member of the Chillicothe Police Department wants to use his GI Bill to benefit the city he currently serves.

Sgt. Jeremiah Grider will formally request the creation of a K-9 police program at the June 29 Chillicothe City Council meeting. A large portion of the initial costs, estimated at $22,000, will be paid through Grider’s GI Bill allocation, according to Police Chief Jon Maples. If approved, the Chillicothe police plans to partner with Livingston County’s Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit for improved scheduling of the specialty unit, the police chief said.

In Grider’s detailed proposal to the council, he said his GI Bill allotment would pay for the dog and his 13-week training program. Maples said the sergeant, who’s been with Chillicothe police for four years, would be the handler and also be taught how to train others. Additional start-up costs, such as outfitting a vehicle for the dog and a kennel, are estimated around $15,000 for the police department.

Grider touts a K9 program as the “ultimate tool for deterring crime and criminals” and being a positive bridge between law enforcement and the community, according to his proposal. The department has been considering a K9 unit for the past 3 years, Maples told KMZU.

“He’s an asset,” Maples said of Grider, “To use his own GI Bill for the city shows a lot of dedication. I’m excited, very excited about a K9 unit.

Also on tonight’s agenda, council members will hear plans for an archway entrance sign into the Kelly Poling Arts District.