Austin officials to verify policy, insurance for new K-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:45



Austin Mayor Dillo Bush met with Brandon White, Austin City Council President and member of the city’s Board of Works and Public Safety on Friday afternoon, February 2, to talk about a dog.

Diablo, a Belgian Malinois trained to sniff out illegal drugs, is scheduled to join the Austin Police Department on Tuesday, February 13. Diablo’s human partner is Sgt. Scott McCoskey, who is eager to have his handsome partner on duty.

Morgan Foods Inc. paid for the animal, which has already undergone six months of training as well as the training the pair recently experienced together. The grant is also paying for special equipment. The 2016 vehicle that will be used by Sgt. McCoskey was provided to the Austin Police Department by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department through an inter-local agreement approved by Scott County Commissioners and the Scott County Council.

The meeting that Friday involved talking about standard operating procedures (SOPs) which must be approved and adopted by the Board of Works before the dog can be activated, explained Mayor Bush. That document had been handed to city attorney Josh Stigdon for his perusal and approval. Stigdon has made some changes to the policy, which was to be reviewed by Mayor Bush, White and the third member of the Board of Works, Nathan Campbell, and Police Chief Robert Gudgel. The SOP is scheduled to be presented for a vote on Monday night, February 12, at the Board’s monthly meeting. That meeting begins at 5 p.m.

Additionally, Mayor Bush said he wanted assurances from the city’s insurance carrier that the dog will be covered under the city’s policy. That assurance is also expected to be part of the conversation on Monday night.

The Board of Works meeting and the City Council meeting which starts at 6 p.m. are open to the public. Both will be held at City Hall.