The Sandusky/Erie County CommunityFoundation awarded the Sandusky PoliceDepartment a $10,000 grant to restart its canine unit, but additional assistance from the community is needed to create a continuing fund to keep the dog in the fight against crime.
The Police Department isn't yanking tax dollars from its operating budget, but police Chief Kim Nuesse has said a canine unit will prove valuable fighting drug crime.
In addition, the canine unit will be able to assist other departments when called upon and can also be used as an educational tool for school outreach programs.
Yes, we know there were problems with the previous SPD canine unit, but we're confident Nuesse and her management team will iron out a clear set of guidelines so those difficulties can be avoided this time around.
The Police Department is not hiding from past mistakes with this renewed effort, but is instead learning from those errors and putting safeguards in place.
The human factor led to past problems, not the canine officer. There's no doubt canine units -- when properly managed -- can be an effective tool in fighting crime.
We urge city commissioners and residents tosupport this renewed effort.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help can do that at the police department or by mail atSandusky Police Department, K-9 Fund,222 Meigs St., Sandusky 44870.