Pelham police chief mulls requesting warrant article re-establishing dog unit
Police Chief Joseph Roark recently told selectmen that he is considering bringing forward a warrant article for next year’s Town Meeting to gauge public interest in re-establishing the canine unit.
“We can reassign a patrol officer. We wouldn’t need to hire anyone,” Roark said.
There would be a cost to modify a cruiser as well as the cost of the dog, training and maintenance of the dog.
Selectman William McDevitt said he believed a warrant article would be worthy of discussion.
Selectmen Chairman Edmund Gleason asked Roark to come back to the board with more concrete numbers associated with a potential article for further discussion.
While the department does have mutual aid arrangements with other towns, Roark said if the department had its own canine unit, it would be able to respond to situations more rapidly and with more flexibility.
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