DANVILLE — Members of the Danville Village Council got an upclose look at the village’s newest gem Monday.
Danville Police Chief Monte Vance unveiled the department’s new K-9 equipped SUV to council members during their meeting. The 2014 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor is fully equipped for both police officer and K-9, with everything from a laptop computer for the officer to a special compartment for the dog.
It has a temperature control unit to protect the dog from extreme heat, an in-car video system, front and rear radar guns, and storage space for equipment related to the operation of the K-9 unit. The police officer will also be able to push a button on his belt that will open the door to allow the K-9 out of the vehicle.
Sgt. Dan Weckesser, who is trained to work with Lasko, the department’s K-9, will drive the new cruiser while officer Chad Lishness will operate the regular cruiser. A third cruiser will be used for backup or for auxiliary officers to use when needed.
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