MOUNT VERNON — Police Chief Roger Monroe hopes to have the city’s first police K-9 in service by the middle of November.
But first, he has to select the first K-9 handler and arrange for a cruiser to be modified.
“We have four officers interested in the position,” said Monroe. He hopes to have an officer selected by the end of this week.
The selection process began with “tryouts” for the position, including fitness tests, like being able lift 65 pounds over a wall (simulating having to assist a dog over a barrier), scaling a 5-foot wall and running a 100-yard dash.
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