De Queen Police Chief Scott Simmons, speaking to the city council at their June 4 meeting, said that due to a pinched nerve back injury that occurred last September to police dog Kilo, the canine would have to be retired.
Simmons said that the department got the dog two years ago from the Howard County Sheriff’s Department. He had originally been assigned to officer JJ Lopez, who recently left the department. Officer Jarin Platt is Kilo’s current partner. He said the department didn’t expend any tax dollars for the canine, using drug seizure money.
He said that while Kilo was 80 to 85 percent healed from the pinch nerve, he had been to the vet numerous times and has been unable to be re-certified since April 15. He said that when they took Kilo back to Little Rock to the canine academy for evaluation, the department was told they would not certify the dog and that he would have to be retired. Simmons said that they would return the dog to his original handler, Travis Turner, a former Howard County deputy and current Nashville PD officer, who wants the dog back. Simmons said that Turner has a good sized property three-quarter miles off of the main road.
“He’ll be living a good life,” Simmons said, noting that Kilo had been a “major asset” to the department in that of 83 felony arrests made by the department in the last year, he had had a hand in 33 of them. Simmons said that Kilo would have to be taken off of “standards” because he is an actual police officer.”
“I’d like to have another dog,” Simmons told the council. “We’ve got the Tahoe, we got everything we would need for another dog. Jarin is willing to take on that responsibility.”
Simmons told the council the cost of a new dog would be $10,800, $2,000 of it just for the classes and training the dog and Platt will be taking. He will be certified to sniff out four different drugs and pass tracking standards. He will come with a two-year health guarantee and will be replaced if it becomes sick or hurt. The canine will also come with a one-year performance guarantee.
“If he doesn’t perform, they replace him,” Simmons said.
The new dog will be between two and two-and-a-half.
Alderman Jeff Holcombe told Simmons that the city needed to take care of the dogs, “not just when they work for us but when they no longer work for us.”
Platt said the dog would stay in his house and is “going to be a best friend.”
The council voted 6-0 to retire Kilo and approve the adoption of a new canine unit.
A cermony was held for Kilo on Monday at City Hall, where the leash was passed from Platt to Turner, officially noting his retirement from the department.
Food truck ordinance passed
The De Queen City Council passed an ordinance allowing 15 food trucks to operate on private property within the city limits. The ordinance passed by a 6-0 vote.
The new ordinance repeals an ordinance passed by a previous council that limited food trucks to the three that are currently located within the city. The three will be allowed to continue to operate and will not be counted toward the new 15 truck limit.
Applicants will submit a $50 fee for a three-day event permit, $100 for a bi-annual, six-month permit, and a $25 waste water disposal fee. They must also bring the mobile trailer/truck to the fire station for a final inspection.
Resolution passed to apply for grant
The city council also voted 6-0 to pass a resolution allowing the city to apply for 50/50 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Outdoor Recreation Grant Program.
Resolution to de-list fire department assets
The council voted 6-0 to pass a resolution to remove items from the fire department’s asset list. The equipment is still in inventory and is no longer needed for day to day operation. Chief Dennis Pruitt said that the out-of-date equipment needed to be taken off of the list in order to avoid auditing problems in the future.