Thanks to Garkane Energy and South Central Communications donations, the Kanab City Police Department has started a new K-9 program. A two-year-old Belgian Malinois named Charger, that has been fully trained and working in Oklahoma as a police dog, was purchased. Officer Clint Brinkerhoff will be the dog’s handler.

Officer Brinkerhoff is currently in training under the direction of Kane County Sheriff Sergeant Ted Barnard, who is a certified Post instructor/judge in K-9 handling. Sergeant Barnard will be able to certify officer Brinkerhoff as a certified K-9 handler at the completion of the training.

An inside-of-the-cab kennel was purchased for officer Brinkerhoff’s patrol truck. This is a smart kennel equipped with electronics that alert the officer if the air temperature begins to rise inside of the vehicle. It also automatically rolls down all four windows and has its own fan to keep the dog cool in case of vehicle engine failure.

Best Friends Animal Society has agreed to provide veterinarian care for the dog at low or no cost to the police department. Also, Best Friends employees will assist with some obedience training for the dog.

The Kanab City Police would like to thank all of these entities for their time and donations to help make this program work and to assist us in making our community a safer place to live.