Greers Ferry City Council approved the purchase of a Narcotics Police Dog to be handled by Officer Justin Thurman in a meeting held earlier this month. “The dog will be trained in narcotics only and will be less aggressive than those trained to attack’, explained Chief Majors. The purchase prices for the police dog will be $4,950 with additional costs of $530 for a dog kennel. Ongoing costs will be paid by violators who pay fines for their crimes. Councilman Terry Thornton asked the Chief why this wasn’t mentioned when they passed the budget for the New Year or why didn’t you ask for it when you took over. Chief Majors answered saying at the time no one wanted to handle the dog and I “didn’t know how you [the council] would react.” Chief Majors went on to say students from Skills USA from West Side School, taught by Councilman Randy Carr, will fabricate and install a divider for the dog and prisoner in Thurman’s car. “The dog will be used in the surrounding communities if needed and will be an asset for us,” concluded Chief Majors.
In other police related business a mutual aid agreement was approved. It is titled Cleburne County Mutual Aid Agreement For Law Enforcement; the standard agreement has been used and protects officers for working outside of their jurisdiction.
Signs 30” X 24” will be posted at the city park track warning citizens that it is illegal to damage or use motor vehicles on the track. The sign will state; No Motorized Vehicles 5-38-203 Criminal Mischief Anyone convicted of criminal mischief on the walking trail will be subject to a fine of no less that $100 or nor more than $2,500. Also the cost to fix the walking trail (restitution) will be added to the fines and costs. Look for more information from the January council meeting in upcoming issues of The Sun-Times.