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Council approves succession plan for police K-9 unit


Last updated 10/5/2017 at Noon

Police Officer Ian Durkee and Rasko have been the K-9 unit used by the Mill Creek Police Department since the program began in 2012. The City Council approved a request from Police Chief Greg Elwin to implement a succession plan to replace Rasko when he retires in 2019. The chief wants the department’s next dog to assist his officers who deal with property crime and drug trafficking tied to the opioid epidemic.

Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin hopes the addition of highly-trained dogs will help his department reduce the dramatic rise in property crimes by individuals who steal to fund for their addiction to illegal drugs.

The chief used his presentation to the City Council on Tuesday to outline his succession plan for the department’s K-9 unit.

Mill Creek’s one and only K-9 unit has consisted of Officer Ian Durkee and Rasko since it was launched seven years ago. A replacement dog is needed because Rasko is expected to reach the end of his service life in 2019.

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