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Wolfeboro's K-9 unit wins seven awards in Maine competition

July 23, 2009
WOLFEBORO — K9 officer Jim O'Brien and his German Shepherd assistant, Blek, brought seven trophies to the Wolfeboro Police Commission meeting held at the Community Center on Lehner Street on July 16, the result of their competition in the United States Police K9Association trials in Falmouth, Maine this month.

Blek, lying quietly at O'Brien's feet, raised his head and perked up his ears at the applause from Chief Stuart Chase, Lt. Dean Rondeau and the police commissioners following O'Brien's explanation of the awards. O'Brien and Blek competed as novices since it was their first competition and won first place overall, as well as first place in the categories of apprehension, obedience, suspect search and team work, which included two other police canine units from New Hampshire. They also received third place honors in the search and agility trials.

Residents of Wolfeboro can expect to find a survey from the Wolfeboro Police Department in the mail with the next monthly electric bills. Chase said that he is looking for feedback given in complete candor to contribute to the department's improvement.

June offenses, at 98 for the month, were down 16 percent from May's total of 122. The top two categories were alcoholism/protective custody and criminal mischief/vandalism.

The total of 47 arrests for the month represented a decrease from the 59 in May. At the end of the month 43 cases are open, four are closed; 11 of the cases are protective custody.

Accidents were up 30 percent, with 13 for the month. Five of those occurred on South Main Street, which not only had the highest number of accidents, but also the highest numbers of incidents and arrests.

Chase reported that Lt. Rondeau has secured five portable breath-testing units, valued at $3,500, for the department and is overseeing bullet proof vest reimbursement of about $1,600.

The department is also working on speed, drunk driving and underage drinking grants and is expecting a reimbursement of approximately $1,900 into the overtime line item for alcohol grants in the next few weeks.

Funds are also expected in August, with $10,714 from a Byrne Grant to purchase equipment.

Design plans for Americans with Disabilities Act modifications to the public safety building are being drawn up for next year's budget.

Commissioner Curtis Pike noted that an automatic switch for the water pump at Clarke Plaza has been installed. Consequently, a vote was taken to rescind the vote of June 21 that relinquished their responsibility to the Public Works department. All agreed.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center on Lehner Street.

Martin Lord Osman
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