Council hears from chief on police dog

The West Tawakoni City Council heard a police service canine presentation by Chief of Police Brandon Kilpatrick Tuesday night at its regular monthly meeting. The council also completed a five-year effort with its adoption of a comprehensive zoning ordinance and heard an audit report from the last fiscal year.

Kilpatrick said an opportunity had developed for his department to acquire Scarlett, a 17-month-old Malinois-German Shepherd mix.

Officer Menz, K-9 officer and training coordinator with the Lewisville Police Department offered the animal, valued at $7,000, to West Tawakoni at no charge, Kilpatrick said.

He said Menz contacted him and asked if he was interested in starting a K-9 program.

“He stated that he wants the dog placed with a smaller department instead of a big one, because he doesn’t want to see the dog washed into a program. Officer Menz wants Scarlett to work where she is needed the most,” Kilpatrick said.

The police chief said his department of three officers covers 2.6 square miles and from 2014 to 2017 arrested and filed 29 possession of controlled substance, arrested and filed 17 possession of marijuana cases and issued 25 possession of drug paraphernalia citations.

“Now what about the drugs we don’t find or the people that deny us consent to search their property?” Kilpatrick asked. “The reason why I ask, this is your true statistic when considering a K-9 program. On average we are denied consent four to seven times a month to search personal property for narcotics.”

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