Public Voting Now Open to Name OPPD’s K-9 Officer

Public Voting Now Open to Name OPPD’s K-9 Officer
Posted on 09/22/2017

Orland Park school children have spoken. Each of the 13 schools located in Orland Park has submitted a proposed name for the Orland Park Police Department's newest K9 officer, a Hanover Hound.

A hunting and tracking dog, the Hanover Hound, also known as the Hanoverian 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.

"Orland Park kids are very creative," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Everyone was very impressed with the clever names that we were hearing and each school's final nomination for the public vote."

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 great tracking dog for missing people or suspects who take off on foot," explained Police Chief Tim McCarthy. They're also trained to find drugs."

All 13 schools in Orland Park participated in the contest --- the 10 Orland School District 135 buildings, Kruse Education Center serving the east side of Orland Park, Fernway School at the southern end and St. Michael School.

"Classes within each building chose a name and then each building chose its favorite nomination," explained Orland Park Police Deputy Chief Joe Mitchell. "We've been getting great feedback from parents who have reported how excited their kids were to be a part of it."

Two pairs of schools submitted duplicate favorite names.

"We have a few duplicates in the mix so it's not only important for people to choose their favorite name, they must also be sure to choose the school that submitted that name," Mitchell said.

Each school name appears with the nominated dog name on the village's ballot.

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.

Access to the ballot is available via the village's website at, via the village's Twitter feed at and on the village's Facebook page at

Public voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29.