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Eric J. Guenther
Chief of Police
847-968-3775

For Immediate Release

Mundelein Police Department Launches New K9 Unit to Enhance Police Force

Mundelein – 06/19/15 - The Village of Mundelein Police Department has established a new K9 Unit to provide assistance to law enforcement officers.  As demonstrated by similar programs in other communities, Mundelein’s K9 Unit will help to combat crime more effectively and have a positive impact on the community.

The newest member of the Mundelein Police force is an 82 pound sable colored male German Shepherd, born on August 10, 2013. His name “Titan” was selected by Mr. Shrank’s 6th grade

homeroom class from Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein after the students won the “Name the K-9” contest hosted by the Mundelein Police Department. Titan is teamed up with Officer Steven Kroll and they are the department’s first K-9 Unit since 1970.

Titan was carefully selected and imported to the United States from Slovak Republic to begin his initial training. The dog is certified in narcotics detection, obedience, building/area searches, article searches, obstacle course training, tracking, and handler protection.  Currently, he lives at home with Officer Kroll and his family.

Titan underwent a twenty-week training program at TOPS Dog Training Kennel in Grayslake—a State recognized training facility.  TOPS trained Titan in the basic skills necessary for a competent K9 Team for the Village of Mundelein. Additional training will take place on an ongoing basis to maintain a high level of service from the dog.

The Mundelein Police Department was able to launch a K9 Unit thanks to very generous donations from a couple Mundelein residents along with a grant from DAS Charitable Fund—a private organization that assists the MPD to maintain the Canine program by funding all costs related to boarding, food, health/vet, and training costs.

“Statistics have indicated the need and benefit for a police department to utilize a K9 Unit to help reduce crime.  There are numerous documented studies that show the dramatic positive impact a K9 Unit adds to the police force.  Also, having Titan visible in the community can also be a deterrent for would be criminals.  In fact, in the first year Yarmouth Massachusetts Police Department founded their K9 Unit, the rate of break-ins decreased by 80%,” said Eric Guenther, Chief of Police.

Chief Guenther went on to say that various experts in the criminal justice system report tremendous advantages to using canines in police work.  In terms of drug detection, numerous studies have shown that trained canines are generally ten times better than any instruments.

“We’re very pleased to now have a K9 Unit as part of our police force.  We’re operating our program with three basic objectives: to increase the effectiveness of village law enforcement, to enhance relations with the community, and to enhance relations with other law enforcement agencies,” Chief Guenther concludes.

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