Johnson City Police Department wins grant for K9 program

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Thanks to some help from the public, the Johnson City Police Department got some help for its four-legged officers Wednesday.

Aftermath Services, a national crime scene cleanup company, awarded JCPD with a $500 grant as a result of its annual K9 contest.

JC came in third in the online voting competition after the department appealed to the community on its Facebook page.

The money will go to support Cruz, a 4 year-old Dutch Shepherd, and Anouk, a 1 year-old German Shepherd who works overnights.

Officer Nick Crandall is Cruz’s partner.

“It’s a big benefit for us. Obviously, the more money we have for equipment, the better. A lot of K9 equipment is very expensive, so every little bit we can get helps,” said Crandall.

Crandall says the money will go toward buying leashes, collars, first aid kits, toys, rewards and training equipment such as bite suits and sleeves.

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