K-9 in Bellevue?

Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner would like to see the borough council budget money next year to hire a new police officer -- one who will patrol on four legs instead of two.

Sentner told council members Tuesday that outside funding likely is available not only to pay for a police dog, but the training necessary for both dog and the officer who will be handling him. The major expense facing Bellevue, he said, will be for a special police car that contains a built-in kennel. That car will stay with the dog and the human officer at all times, he said.

A new or refurbished car would most likely need to be added to the department's current fleet, Sentner said. The department now has four vehicles, he reported, but two could be out for maintenance at any time.

A car is expected to cost about $37,000.

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