Britt Police Department welcomes new furry officer

Britt's new police dog shakes hands with Mike Boomgarden.

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader


            At Britt City Council’s regular meeting on Oct. 2, the council and those in attendance had a chance to meet the newest member of Britt’s Police Department.

            Kovu, a German Shepard, is now in the care of Acting Chief of Police Tyler Harmon as part of the department’s new K9 unit.

            Kovu recently celebrated his first birthday and is preparing for the line of duty.

            Right now the dog is getting used to his new work and living environment and is only riding along with Harmon during patrol shifts.

            “I’m not using him for anything yet,” Harmon said. “I will not do that until he is certified.”

            Training for Harmon and Kovu will start on Oct. 22, they’re estimated to complete it by Nov. 21.

            Since getting approval from city council in June, Harmon has been raising funds for a K9 unit.

            The police department estimated that the initial costs for the dog, equipment and training would be $11,200.

Read the complete story in the Oct. 10 Leader.