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K9 Raleigh Memorial

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There will be a memorial honoring Raleigh, the City K9, who passed away in November.  It will be held at the Unitarian Church on Maumee across from the Grosse Pointe City offices at 2:00.  Everyone from the community is invited.
Jon January 22, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Raleigh did a great job for all the Pointes, and other surrounding communities, and will be sorely missed. To support our next Raleigh my $100 check is in the mail to: K-9 Safety Partners of Grosse Pointe C/O Northern Trust 120 Kercheval Ave Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 Neighbors, please help with this fund.
Ralph January 22, 2014 at 09:42 PM
My $1000 check will be in the mail as soon as I hear that the city manager and police chief commit to continuing the K9 program in the City. Their silence on the subject speaks volumes.
Jon January 23, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Oooops, I didn't realize there was any question about this. I guess I'll have to go digging a bit.
Ralph January 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Dig away. Raleigh successfully helped to protect our neighborhoods for eight years and now the future of the K9 program is in doubt. The city manager and police chief would have you believe it's a budget issue - but don't be fooled - there are dozens of investors willing to fund the program. So what is the real reason they have been silent for two months? Any other legitimate police agency would realize the value of a dog in law enforcement and continue the program immediately.
Jon January 23, 2014 at 04:25 PM
After a little digging I believe that the Department does not intend to replace Raleigh. I'm digging further. Do you think there is a way to bring the investors you mention together to get a good understanding of how much funding might be available? There is a Council meeting next Monday.
Ralph January 23, 2014 at 04:37 PM
The investors will come forward after the city manager announces that the K9 program will continue - not before. This issue has been discussed at the November and December council meetings. The person who raised money for Raleigh's vest eight years ago offered to raise funds for a new dog at the November meeting. The city manager, the police chief, the mayor and the council all sit silent. What is the real issue? Keep digging.
Jon January 24, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Thanks for the info. I see mention of this in the November minutes however December minutes have not been published. I intend to pursue this issue. My concern is that the City had budgeted $$ for this program, and if they cancel the program the $$ will just slip back into the general fund. I'll use this thread to stay in touch.
Ralph January 25, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Well, I found out today that Chief Poloni has dismantled the K9 car and turned it back into a regular patrol vehicle. I'm sure he gave away the components that the City tax payers and K9 supporters paid for to (my guess) Grosse Point Woods because his buddy Fincham wants a dog. These guys have been lying to us for months - might as well tell it like it is.
Jan Murphy January 25, 2014 at 07:42 PM
As a GP Woods resident, I am thrilled with the prospect of getting a K-9 unit with the aid of or compliments of Chief Poloni and the City of Grosse Pointe. I would like Chief Fincham or a designee to comment on this, if possible.
Colleen kelley January 26, 2014 at 07:26 AM
I haven't followed all of this, but I would just put out there that, in order for a dept to have a k9, you need that dept to have a person trained to handle it. Maybe Raleigh's handler doesn't want to do that again right now after his loss, and another dept has an officer that can/does. There is a huge life changing amount of work involved in being that person. It's a work every day addition to your life. So perhaps finding the right officer means just that. As far as budgeting, well, they are all politicians, and I'm a bit cynical. Hopefully a k9 comes to us, one way or another.
Jon January 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Colleen, you make a good point. It is a lot of extra work and I have no idea if Raleigh's handler wants to do it again or not. If not then I'd like to be sure that the GP City funds that supported the K9 program stay in the law enforcement budget as opposed to, for instance, building another parking lot.
Ralph January 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Sgt. Almeranti is the only certified K9 handler and trainer in the Grosse Pointes. Of course he wants another dog. He has been asking and waiting for a decision for two months now and no one is willing to give him a straight, honest answer. There are plenty of residents who are willing to fund the K9 program if the City doesn't want to contribute. So what is the real issue?
Jon January 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM
OK, now we know Sgt. Almeranti would like another dog. I for one will attend the GP City Council meeting tomorrow night and ask for answers during the public comment period. I hope anyone who feels strongly about this will also attend. Note that there are several somewhat contentious issues on the agenda so the small meeting room will fill quickly.
Ralph January 31, 2014 at 07:18 PM
More lies ... going on three months and no K9 program in site. Where did the K9 fund go?
Jon February 01, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Here is food for thought: of the 'runs' that Raleigh made less than 5% were to incidents in GP City. By far the greatest number of runs were to incidents in Detroit, and they never paid a dime for the services. The other GP cities benefited, and some paid a small amount, one paid nothing. Perhaps it's time for a community approach to funding a K9. Just thinking out loud.
Ralph February 09, 2014 at 10:11 PM
Statistics. You can make statistics work for both sides of an argument depending on where the numbers came from. Has anyone asked Sgt. Almeranti for his numbers or are we to trust the numbers quoted by the police chief? All K9 tracks eventually end in Detroit - that's just a fact of life in our neighborhood. The GP officers also carry Detroit radios so they can respond accordingly ... should we just give them back? The bottom line is that the city manager and police chief don't want to continue the K9 program and are going to drag their feet until the issue goes away. It doesn't matter to them that the original program was successful, the people want it continued and are willing to contribute to that end. They don't care that petitions were presented to them signed by residents who want the program continued. The City of Grosse Pointe has gone from one of the best managed cities in the Pointes to the worst in a very short number of years due to the above.

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