Township working to fund K-9 unit

POLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – The police department in Poland Township is asking the community’s help in taking a bite out of crime.

On Sunday, Holy Family Church will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help outfit the township’s new K-9 unit. The township hasn’t had a police dog for several years and has felt the strain.

Police Chief Brian Goodin said the dogs are instrumental in locating drugs and many times paraphernalia is found during traffic stops. He said a K-9 unit will help to slow down drug traffic through the township.

“We have more drugs actually flowing through Poland Township, and at the traffic stops it would benefit our officers to have a K-9 that can find drugs easier than an officer would be able to,” said Goodin.

Resident and businessman Mike Simon donated $13,000 to provide the dog and training. The township will have to raise the money for a vehicle and equipment for the animal.

Goodin said a vehicle equipped for the dog will run about $35,000. The specially equipped Ford Explorer will have safety systems to make sure the dog doesn’t overheat in the summer or get too cold in the winter.

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under are $5. Tickets are available at the door.

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