This story has been updated HERE.
By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
A new K9 unit will soon be in full operation within Huron Township and the department is asking local elementary school students for help with naming the new partner.
“One of the core values of the Huron Township Police Department is Community Partnerships. With that in mind, we would like to partner with the elementary children of Huron Township to help us pick the name of our new K9 partner,” said Police Chief Everette Robbins.
Robbins is inviting all elementary classes in Huron Township to submit five name choices for the new police dog by Oct. 7.
The department is asking for each school in Huron to create a list — by class — of submitted names to be emailed to the Chief.
The winning name will be chosen by K9 Officer Ken Hickman, who will visit the winning class — along with the newly named K9 — in the spring.
A representative of the winning class will also be invited to attend the Oct. 14 board of trustees meeting to reveal the name of the K9 partner.
In the case that multiple classes pick the winning name, a student’s name will be pulled from a hat by Renton Middle School Principal Kurt Mrocko.
“We are excited to include our wonderful elementary schools and their children in this exciting addition to our department. We hope that all of our elementary schools will participate,” Robbins said.
The newly announced K9 unit was approved by the board of trustees at the Sept. 23 meeting.