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<br /> <br />DATE: June 6, 2017 <br /> <br />TO: Honorable Mayor and City Council <br /> <br />FROM: Robert Guthrie, Chief of Police <br /> By: Colleen Flores, Lieutenant <br /> <br />SUBJECT: DONATION FROM THE ARCADIA POLICE FOUNDATION IN THE <br />AMOUNT OF $40,000 FOR THE ARCADIA POLICE DEPARTMENT <br />SERVICE DOG (K-9) PROGRAM <br /> Recommendation: Accept <br /> <br />SUMMARY <br /> <br />The Arcadia Police Foundation wishes to donate $40,000 to the Arcadia Police <br />Department for expenses related to the Police Service Dog (K-9) Program. <br /> <br />DISCUSSION <br /> <br />In 2015, the Arcadia Police Foundation was established for the purpose of supporting the <br />Arcadia Police Department by raising funds to support the programs, projects, and <br />activities of the Department that are not funded through the City’s General Fund budget. <br />These projects and activities will assist the Department in continuing to serve the residents <br />of Arcadia at its highest level and support the City’s mission to improve public safety, <br />decrease crime, and make Arcadia a safe place to live, work, and visit. <br /> <br />The Foundation’s current project is to create and maintain a second Arcadia Police <br />Service Dog (K-9) for the K-9 Program. Another trained K-9 can make a significant <br />difference in Arcadia’s law enforcement efforts. The K9 resource will enhance support to <br />divisions such as Patrol, SWAT and the Detective Bureau. The K9 unit will be an <br />additional resource and force multiplier for Arcadia Police Department Personnel to <br />perform a variety of tasks to include building searches and suspect apprehension. The K9 <br />unit will also provide demonstrations to local school and community groups and are an <br />important part of the Department’s public outreach efforts. <br /> <br />The approximate $18,000 purchase price for the police dog includes extensive and <br />specialized training for the K-9 and his handler. There is also a need for special equipment <br />such as K-9 bite suits, bite sleeves, muzzles, collars, long-lines, leashes, harnesses, and <br /> <br />