Chandler Police have a new K9 in town, thanks to some generous donations and one determined officer.
Officer Matthew Tevault has been with Chandler Police for more than three years. He says the town needed help to crack down on the drug problem.
The department gave him the okay for canine addition, under one condition. Officer Tevault had to raise the money himself.
Officers had their eye on a dog named Bikkel. He's a five-year-old Belgian Malinois.
Officer Tevault says donations came in quicker than he expected and before he knew it, they had enough money to buy Bikkel from a station in Paducah. He is already trained, but will go through training again with his new handler.
Bikkel is a dual purpose dog...trained in both narcotics and patrol. Narcotics training was chandler's main concern, but now he'll be able to assist in daily operations.
"As far as if we have a residential alarm or a building alarm where we can send an officer in there and it might take five minutes to clear the house or the building, we can send a dog in there and cut it down in half the time to send a dog in there," Tevault said.
He's also trained to do tracking and apprehension.
"If we have a suspect that breaks into a building or flees from a vehicle, he's trained to track the suspect and apprehend as well. Also to do searches as far as if there's a child that runs away that might be autistic or an elderly person with dementia or something the dog can assist," Tevault said.
Officer Tevault say's they've received about $4,000 in donations, but they need another $6,000 before the pair can begin training.
Christopher Carswell started the organization, 1 Boy 4 Change, and donated a heating & cooling system for Officer's Tevault. The system helps regulates the car temperature and automatically rolls the windows down when the car gets too hot for Bikkel.
Donations have come from Sam's Club-Evansville, Warrick County FOP, Chandler National Bank, Willis Auto Sales, Herr's Body Shop, Guthries Pharmacy, Hucks, Posey Co Sheriff Dept, Brian Thompson, Hi Tech Sheet Metal, Chandler Starter, Jeff Stricker, Jerry Redman, Nate Whyte, E&B Paving, Gary Howard Farms, Robert Stephens, Doug Duell, Old National Bank, Powerline, K&M Speciality Pumps, Jerry & Donna Lutz,H eilman Mt Olive General Baptist Church, ERI, and Lilpop Auto Sales.
All donors, both businesses and individuals, will be entered into a drawing for a Nashville vacation package donated by Bill Skaggs.
If you'd like to make a donation, you can mail a check to the Chandler Police Department at 417 E Jefferson Ave Chandler, IN 47610. Be sure to put K9 Fund in the memo line. Donations are tax deductible.
You can also make donations at Circle S, Hucks and Casey's in Chandler.
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