Police dogs, protective inspections and public safety taxes were among the topics discussed the evening of August 13 in Centralia City Hall.
The occasion was the Centralia Board of Aldermen’s monthly Public Safety and
General Government committee meeting.
Bob Bias, chief of the Centralia Police Department presented the department’s quarterly report on K-9 deployment. In other words, the activity of the department’s police dog Ranger and his handler, CPD officer Brian Dulany. The summary covered their activity from April 1 through July 31.
During that time the duo searched 26 vehicles, three residences, eight school lockers and one package.
According to the report the searches yielded 44 grams of marijuana and 137.5 grams of methamphetamine.
Dulany also deployed Ranger on seven tracking assignments; four felonies, two for misdemeanor and one – a check well being call to locate a lost person. Of those four were listed as successful, one not and two “inconclusive.”
Bias and Heather Russell, Centralia city administrator said there was some discussion of the ½-cent public safety tax the city plans to have on the November ballot. They said the tax will support the Centralia Fire Department as well as the CPD. Russell said she will schedule some public meetings on the tax.
“It, the tax, is what we need if we are going to continue to provide the citizens of Centralia with the police and fire protection they have come to expect,” Bias said.