A group of people gathered to meet the Bellefontaine Police Department’s new K-9 officer in council chambers Thursday.
Arco (pictured) is a 19-month old Belgian Malinois. He came from the Netherlands and underwent an eleven week training program. He will be handled by Officer Chris Marlow.
Arco and Officer Marlow both went through the eleven week training program. Arco learned how to detect narcotics, apprehend, protect his handler, conduct area searches, and tracking.
Arco and the training were paid entirely through donations provided by the community. The training cost around $14,000. Donations ranged from $10 to $5,000.
Officer Marlow discusses Arco and the training.
He replaces K-9 officer Benno, who passed away on September 7th following a brief illness.
The Bellefontaine Police Department has another K-9 officer, Toby, who is handled by Officer Scott Stewart.
Both Arco and Toby are multi-purpose police dogs and both dogs continue their training every Tuesday.
The department hopes to get eight years of service out of Arco.
Having another K-9 unit on the Bellefontaine force also helps the rest of Logan County. The Bellefontaine Police Department is the only agency in Logan County with K-9 units. The department receives about 10 requests a month for K-9 services.
Police Chief Brandon Standley shares the benefits of a K-9 unit.
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Watch part of the presentation about Arco.