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County Sheriff's Office has a new K-9

July 24, 2014
OSSIPEE – The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has a new K-9 in training. High Sheriff Dominic Richardi updated County Commissioners at their July 16 meeting that a 23-month old Belgian Malinois is currently in training for drug detection and tracking.

The dog is from Coastal Canine in Maine, a breeder and trainer of dogs many of which work in the police field.

Richardi said the cost of the dog comes from a drug task force fund and fund raising. No tax dollars were spent.

He said the dog and its trainer will be featured at Carroll County Farm Day this Saturday, July 26. The previous dog, a yellow Labrador, apparently was not training very well and was returned to his former owners who then reimbursed the sheriff's department for training costs.

In other business, Mountain View Community Administrator Howard Chandler said he recently attended a meeting with the American College of Health Administrators where state inspectors spoke very highly of the Mountain View Community. He said facilities are reaching out to state officials more openly and working together on best practices.

Chandler said the home is also currently recruiting volunteers. "We're in the midst of significantly increasing our cadre of volunteers. We're bringing in new people," he said.

Commissioner Dave Babson said one thing the general public may not be aware of is that the home hosts a community breakfast once a month for residents and county personnel. It was noted that the resident satisfaction survey reflected overwhelmingly positive remarks and praise for the home.

In his regular report, County Jail Interim Superintendent Jason Henry told commissioners that he had held a jail superintendents affiliate meeting at the jail to discuss changing the driver's license law relating to convicted habitual offenders. One idea is for temporary, conditional drivers' licenses so that once released the offenders could travel back and forth to work. Babson said he had spoken to Justice Nadeau to gauge support. "This is something the Legislature ought to work on," he said. Babson said he had hoped for a stronger commitment from jail superintendants from throughout the state, but noticed a lack of support from those in urban comminities, where public transportation is readily available.

"You can't walk to work around here," he said. "I had hoped for a stronger commitment and was disappointed we didn't get it."

"It's an uphill battle for superintendents," said Henry.

In other jail business, Henry said he and Babson had attended a meeting of the Ossipee Rotary Club to promote opportunities for released offenders.

"We talked about how these offenders are going back into the community and we're looking to open some doors for them," he said. Babson said he was impressed with how interested Rotarians were in the jail's programs.

Henry and another attendee who was a retired police officer said the offenders released from the county jail were generally young people, not dangerous criminals from the state prison system.

Commissioner Dave Sorensen asked if anyone in the audience knew of other community organizations that would be interested in hosting a presentation by Henry regarding providing opportunities for offenders. No one offered immediate suggestions.

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