German Shepherd, named ‘Sonitrol,’ joins ‘Edo’ on K-9 team
FLINT, Mich. – December 8, 2015 – The Flint Police Department has established a second K-9 unit in its crime-fighting efforts, thanks to community donations to the Flint Police Foundation and a major sponsorship by Sonitrol Tri-County.
The new police dog, a German Shepherd named “Sonitrol,” joins his four-legged partner “Edo,” as part of the revitalized Flint Police Department K-9 patrols. Last year, Sonitrol Tri-County adopted “Edo,” and has been working with the Flint Police Foundation to sponsor a second K-9 unit.
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“We’re happy to support the K-9 unit,” said Sonitrol Tri-County Operations Vice President Mike Buckel, noting the company has a longstanding record of assistance to government and community agencies in both human and financial resources. “We wish both ‘Sonitrol’ and ‘Edo’ many safe and healthy years of service with Flint Police.”
In addition to sponsoring the purchase of “Sonitrol,” Sonitrol Tri-County will also continue to pay “Edo’s” food and veterinary expenses, together with necessary training equipment and toys through the Flint Police Foundation.
Created in 2014, the foundation funds programs that build police-community relationships, personnel training, and equipment using donations from the public and area businesses. Foundation funding goes to items not covered under the regular police department budget, but deemed vital to effective policing.
Today, the four-legged force grows to two expertly-trained dogs. Flint Police Officer Andrew Grocholski is Sonitrol’s handler, and both officer and dog completed extensive training in Oakland County.