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File #: RS-21-089    Version: 1 Name: Police Service Dog Transfer
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/25/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/13/2021 Final action: 7/13/2021
Title: Consider a memorandum/resolution authorizing an agreement of transfer for Police Service Dog Jaxx.
Sponsors: Police Department
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Agreement, 3. Presentation
TITLE

Consider a memorandum/resolution authorizing an agreement of transfer for Police Service Dog Jaxx.

SUMMARY

DATE:                                          July 6, 2021

TO:                                        Kent Cagle, City Manager

FROM:                                       Charles F. Kimble, Chief of Police

SUBJECT:                              Transfer of Police Service Dog                     

BACKGROUND AND FINDINGS:

Pursuant to Texas Government Code 614, Subchapter L, a political subdivision may enter into a contract with a person for the transfer of a law enforcement dog that has been determined by the head of a law enforcement agency to be suitable for transfer, after (1) consulting with the animal’s veterinarian, handlers, and other caretakers; and (2) the animal is at the end of the animal’s working life or subject to circumstances that justify making the animal available for transfer before the end of the animal’s working life.

An animal determined to be suitable and eligible for transfer may be transferred only to a person who is capable of humanely caring for the animal and selected by the applicable head of a law enforcement agency.  If more than one authorized transferee requests to receive the animal, the applicable head of a law enforcement agency shall determine which potential transferee would best serve the interest of the animal and the political subdivision. 

Jaxx is a multi-purpose Police Service Dog (PSD) with the Killeen Police Department and has been partnered up with his handler, Officer Scott Gillman for many years. Officer Gillman was recently transferred to a patrol shift and by the nature of his new assignment, it is not feasible for him to have a K-9 partner. PSD Jaxx has approximately 18 months of service life remaining and due to the high cost of training and the time commitment required for the transition to a new handler, it would not be cost effective or reasonable to have PSD Jaxx transition t...

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