The Claremont Police Department will get a little bigger next year, thanks to a new grant that will add a K-9 officer to its patrols.
The department last had a K-9 unit some 14 years ago, according to Chief Mark Chase, and one before that, in the 1980s.
The grant will cover startup costs including the purchase of a dog and training with an officer, kennel facilities at the officer’s home and outfitting a cruiser for a K-9 unit.
The dog will train with Capt. Stephen Lee, according to Chase, and will be ready to head out on patrols in May.
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