Orland Park Schools Helping OPPD Name Newest K-9 Officer

Orland Park Schools Helping OPPD Name Newest K-9 Officer
Posted on 09/20/2017

The Orland Park Police Department has called on Orland Park grammar school students to help name the newest addition to the department --- a Hanover Hound.

A hunting and tracking dog, the Hanover Hound, also known as the Hanoverian Hound, descends from the bloodhounds of medieval times. The breed was first introduced in France in the 1980s and is considered rare.

The hound excels above almost all other breeds in its ability to track suspects and missing persons and detect drugs and Orland Park's will be the first of its kind deployed in the State of Illinois.

"This is a fun, community wide effort inviting local kids to be a part of the naming of the department's newest member," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Orland Park having its own tracking dog will be a big help when kids or older residents go missing. Having our own dog will greatly speed up the search and rescue process saving lifesaving minutes."

The dog's name must be decided by the end of September as that is when he will begin the yearlong training and must obey commands with his name.

"The Hanover Hound is a dual purpose dog," said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "They are great tracking dogs for missing people or suspects who take off on foot and they are also trained to find drugs."

The department has called on local school children to submit potential names through their schools with a community wide vote being held online September 22 to 29.

McCarthy added, "The hound will replace the department's current K-9, Hary, who will retire next fall after six years of honorable service to the Village of Orland Park."

Classrooms within each building are submitting their favorite names and each school will submit one overall favorite from the building. If a classroom's name is chosen during the community wide vote, that classroom will be honored with a pizza party, invited to meet the dog and will be recognized at an upcoming village board meeting.

Each building will submit one name for the public vote that will be held online from the evening of September 22 through 5:00 pm on September 29.

"We've had a great response from the schools and they're excited to be a part of the contest," said Deputy Police Chief Joe Mitchell. "We're looking forward to getting some great names from the kids that the entire community will then choose from."

Those wanting to participate in the community wide vote from September 22 through 29 should watch the village's website and social media outlets for the voting link. Details will appear at www.OrlandPark.hosted.civiclive.com/ and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching Village of Orland Park, Illinois.