City resources well used in K-9 program rebirth

The city’s K-9 program continues to make progress, with the assistance of many city employees.

Streets and Parks employees have built a kennel for the first of a three-dog contingent, and the city plans to repurpose a fire station on West Fourth Street as a substation and K-9 headquarters. The latter seems like a good reuse of an older city building that has sat vacant for years.

We appreciate the use of city employees to keep project costs in check, just as we appreciate the return of the K-9 program. The first two dog teams — K-9 and officer handler — will be used at times of night when the most dangerous elements of society tend to operate. This will add another level of security for city residents and another tool in the city police department’s arsenal.

Soon Tacoma and handler Officer Tyson Minier, the first of the three K-9 teams, will be hitting the streets. Then it’s just a matter of time before the next two dog teams are equipped.

The city is considering training the third dog to detect explosives and placing that team on a day shift — another good idea in this age that may well serve not only the city but surrounding area.