The Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club learned more about the Bellefontaine Police Department's K9 unit at their weekly meeting at the Bellefontaine Masonic Center Thursday afternoon.
Chief Brandon Standley (pictured) told club members about the First Annual Citizens Police Academy. Sergeant Allen Shields is leading the academy, which meets every Thursday night through early May. More than a dozen local residents are learning about the day-to-day operations at the police department.
Officers and K-9 Handlers Scott Stewart and Chris Marlow informed Kiwanians about the K9 unit.
Stewart has been handling the dogs for 15 years and Marlow has been in charge of a K9 for seven years.
They each brought their respective K9 officers.
Stewart is the handler for Toby and Marlow is the handler for new K9 Arco.
The first police dogs in the world came from Belgium over 100 years ago.
Toby is a Malinois breed and Arco is a Shepherd.
Arco (pictured) replaced Benno, who suddenly passed away last September.
The new K9 and his training cost $14,500. Donations from local businesses and residents covered the expenses.
Toby and Arco are trained to find drugs along with apprehension and handler protection. Arco has also been trained to clear buildings, search human scent, area search, and evidence location.
At next week's meeting, the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club will hear from author Scott Trostel. He will discuss his book And through the Black Night of Terror, which is about the Great Flood of the Northern Miami Valley in 1913.