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Amidst limited resources, new K9 officer bringing added help to Orland police

As the only police department in Glenn County - Orland police officers must be fiscally responsible with their funding and spending decisions.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 6:48 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2020 6:52 AM

ORLAND, Calif. - As the only police department in Glenn County - Orland police officers must be fiscally responsible with their funding and spending decisions.

The department recently acquired a new K9 officer who was donated by a K-9 training school - Meyers Academy.

These generous donations are just one of the ways the police department saves money with the little resources they have.

Meet dutch! He's the newest Orland police officer.

"In terms of a city being able to fund our K-9 fund that's not very feasible for us because we are a small department," said Officer Thomas Roenspie.

Officer Roenspie says the community pays for the department's K9 program.

"it's a great thing cause in other towns you don't have that," Roenspie said.

Right now the budget for the police department is $2 million.

"A smaller department doesn't attract a lot of applicants because were not as busy as everyone," Roenspie said.

Now that dutch has joined the Orland Police Department, Action News Now asked officer Roenspie if they're able to meet the community's needs with the 12 officers and budget they have.

"The needs of the community will always come first before the budget."

That's where Dutch comes in.

"It's essentially like having a backup officer all the time - which is great! Cause here in Orland we're a small department - sometimes we're a solo officer," Roenspie said.

Still not up to full staff- Dutch will be able to sniff out narcotics and assist in an arrest.

"I think we're doing ok right now, you know sometimes it would be nice to have more people," Roenspie said.

Officer Roenspie tells Action News Now his department received a grant from Butte Strong Fund and Northern Valley Community Foundation - it will pay for all of dutch's food, gear and vet bills.

Police dogs can cost up to $20,000 to purchase, according to Roenspie.

Dutch will soon go on a basic handler's course for five months.

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