The Liberty Local School District and the Liberty Police Department are teaming up to raise funds for the purchase of a new police dog. The collaboration will allow Liberty Local School students and staff to develop a special relationship with the new K9, as the dog will not only be a member of the police force, but also an employee of the school district.
The Liberty Township Police Department hopes to raise $15,000 to help cover the costs associated with the dog, which include its training, veterinarian appointments and food. The Liberty Local School District has pledged to help the police department by raising $5,000 of $15,000 goal.
As an employee of the police force, the dog will work to remove illegal drugs from the community and search for lost and missing community members. As an employee of the school system, the new K9 will make weekly walks through each school building to greet students. The dog will also visit classrooms to listen to students read books. The K9 will provide safety for the students by assisting with searches and protect the school in times of need. Additionally, the dog will attend all awards ceremonies and help pass out the awards to students for great grades and behavior. At the end of each month, students will pay the dog for its services in the form of dog treats.
Donations to Liberty Local Schools for the new police dog can be mailed to or dropped off at the Liberty Board of Education Office, 4115 Shady Road Youngstown, Ohio 44505.