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Police officer discusses K9 program with council


December 21, 2022

Benny Westcott

Park and Tree Committee Chairman Wally Shreves speaks to the Sweet Home City Council about a proposed bandstand at Sankey Park during the Dec. 13 council meeting at City Hall.

Sweet Home Police Department Officer Brian Prather on Tuesday, Dec. 13, gave a presentation to the City Council on the department's K9 program.

"Patrol canines are mostly described in general as bite dogs, but they do a lot more than just bite," he said, adding that Albany police officer Ben Arthur's animal had zero bites last year.

"That's what we want to see," Prather said. "Because if we can get compliance without having to get somebody hurt, then it's all the better for everybody."

He noted that K-9 dogs are capable of tracking people and being "a show of force instead of actual...

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