Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Brooksville police want paws in the chase and a nose to sniff out crime

Ray Cassady of 2 Brothers Kennel uses a toy to train Koda, which would be the first of Brooksville’s canine unit if approved.

RON THOMPSON | Times

Ray Cassady of 2 Brothers Kennel uses a toy to train Koda, which would be the first of Brooksville’s canine unit if approved.

BROOKSVILLE — Koda is one 2-year-old no sane person would want in his home.

He's rambunctious, can't keep his nose out of anything and gets so dirty he needs to be cleaned with a hose.

But what else would you expect from a dog?

Some of the same qualities that make Koda a less-than-ideal house pet make him a perfect candidate for police work.

Tonight, Brooksville police Chief George Turner will seek the approval of the Brooksville City Council to launch a canine program he hopes will help curb the spread of drugs in the city.

If the council agrees with Turner, Koda will be the first Brooksville police officer to have the law in his paw.

Turner said Koda would be used in schools and other areas of the city to conduct drug searches, as well as assist in other police work.

If the plan goes through, the police will receive Koda, a Malinois, from a donation by two organizations that jointly own the dog — 2 Brothers Kennel and Secure K-9.

John Gore, owner of 2 Brothers Kennel, said Koda is fit to be a police dog. "This is not the type of dog that an individual would be happy with because he has so much energy," Gore said. "An individual gets this type of dog, before they know it they want to get rid of it."

That energy is good for police dogs, especially their intensity and desire to play, which is crucial in police searches. Searches have to be like a game for the dogs, Gore said, or else they won't do a good job.

The dog's donation will help offset what Turner anticipates will be about $7,000 in program startup costs. The department will also receive federal and state grants.

The canine unit will still have costs beyond this year, but Turner said he hopes to pay for those with revenue from the additional drug busts Koda would help make.

"It's not free," Turner said, "but it's very cost-efficient."

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a canine unit and uses it to search for drugs and criminals and for officer protection. "Their swiftness of foot is greater than many, if not all, fleeing felons that are on foot," said Sgt. Donna Black, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Black said the Sheriff's Office has used its canine unit to assist Brooksville police in some of its investigations.

If the council approves the program, Turner said, the next steps are to select an officer to handle the dog and train the two.

Turner said he has already received applications from officers to handle the dog.

"Selection of the handler is important," Turner said. "It's a commitment."

Michael Sanserino can be reached at msanserino@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1430.

Brooksville police want paws in the chase and a nose to sniff out crime 06/01/08 [Last modified: Sunday, June 1, 2008 8:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Car bomb kills 13, injures 24 in Baghdad; Islamic State claims responsibility

    World

    BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad just after midnight today, killing 13 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said.

  2. Leaping shark floors angler in Australia

    World

    In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway's protagonist battles for three days to pull in his prized catch. For Terry Selwood, it came a little more suddenly.

    A 9-foot shark lies on the deck of a fishing boat at Evans Head, Australia on Sunday. Fisherman Terry Selwood said he was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the shark struck him with a fin as it landed on him on the deck. [Lance Fountain via AP]
  3. Rays rally twice to beat Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Starting Erasmo Ramirez on Monday after he closed out Sunday's marathon win turned out, despite the Rays' best intentions and rigid insistence, to be a bad idea as he gave up four runs without getting through three innings.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers and comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  4. Britain investigating missed signals over Manchester bomber

    World

    LONDON — Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last week.

    People gather Monday at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester, England, to view tributes to victims of the suicide bombing that killed 22 on May 22 as a concert by Ariana Grande was concluding.
  5. Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant

    Nation

    The mayor of Portland, Ore., on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

    Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. [Associated Press]