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PORT ANGELES, Calif. -- BP PLC recently donated $10,000 to the police department here to use for the purchase and training of a new police dog that will replace Arco, the department's former K-9 officer, which died at the age of 12 in November.
As the Peninsula Daily News reported, BP's subsidiary, Arco, gave the department money in 1996 to buy Arco, hence his name. Arco, a German shepherd, was purchased as a puppy through funds tied into an award to the city, according to the report. All told, he made 362 felony captures with his partner and handler, Cpl. Kevin Miller, the newspaper stated.
"When we saw the article about what had happened to Arco [the dog], it was quickly clear what we should do," said Bill Kidd, BP external relations manager.
A check was presented to the police department during the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce's luncheon meeting earlier this week. The $10,000 includes money to fund the intensive training that a K-9 police officer must undergo, the report stated. "Apparently, dogs are going for much more than I seem to recall," Kidd joked at the luncheon.
Miller will conduct a nationwide search for a new dog, which he will train as his new partner, Police Chief Terry Gallagher told the newspaper. The new dog will be cross-trained in narcotics and tracking, Gallagher noted.