Greenville Police Official Media Releases

Posted on: May 22, 2017

K9 Officer Leo newest to join Greenville Police Department

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The Greenville Police Department is proud to announce the newest member of our Police force. This addition was made possible by the generosity of The Greenville Lions Club. A representative from the Greenville Lions Club contacted The Greenville Police Department in July 2016, requesting information about supporting our department through the purchase and training of a police K9.  

A young, unseasoned dog costs approximately $7,500; training for a handler is approximately $6,000. Our department’s K9 supervisor met with the Lions Club to discuss police dog costs, including food. A few weeks later, The Greenville Lions Club voted to donate $20,000 to the K9 Fund to cover purchase of a dog, K9 training, and food for seven years.  

On September 13, 2016, several members of the Greenville Lions Club visited the Law Enforcement Center and presented a check to GPD. Our police department and our City appreciate the support of the Lions Club, under the leadership of co-presidents Phyllis Foster and Mary Lee Bentzel. We are grateful for their interest in making the Greenville community a safer place.  

The Greenville Police Department is honored to welcome this black Belgian Malinois, “Leo,” as our newest officer. Leo is a dual purpose K9 that is trained in detecting explosives as well as a regular patrol K9.

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