Public Invited to Vote Online for Orland Park Police K-9 Unit Grant

Public Invited to Vote Online for Orland Park Police K-9 Unit Grant
Posted on 10/09/2017

The Orland Park Police Department is asking the public to vote online for the department to win up to $5,000 to help with the training and maintenance of the agency's newest K9 officer - Maverick. The department welcomed the Hanoverian Hound in September and the community helped to name the dog.

"All 13 schools in Orland Park were involved with naming the department's new dog," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Each school submitted its chosen name, the public voted online and Maverick was chosen."

Maverick has begun a training regimen to help the department track suspect and missing persons, in addition to detecting drugs.

If awarded, the grant would contribute to Maverick's year-long training and maintenance. Maverick and his handler will be introduced to the public when the police department takes ownership next fall.

"The police department is always looking for grants to help offset the cost of programs and initiatives," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "This grant that we're asking people to vote for specifically benefits canine units."

Voting opens at 12 a.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, October 11. Residents can log on to www. and vote for OPPD. People can vote once per day.

The department receiving the most votes will receive the first place prize of $5,000. Second place receives $4,000, third place $3,000, fourth place $2,000 and fifth place earns $1,000.

Voting closes at 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7.

"Social media helped the department name its dog and we're hoping that everyone who helped name the dog will vote for Orland Park for the grant," Calandriello said.

The Aftermath K9 Grant was founded to showcase, support and reward the unique contributions made by law enforcement and their K9 units across the country.

More than 3,000 law enforcement organizations participated in the 2016 K9 Grant, earning a combined 152,000 votes from officers and community members. The Alamogordo Police Department in New Mexico won the $5,000 grant and used it to build the city's first K9 unit.

Vote for Orland Park through November 7