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Oregon Police Department may add dog, robot to police force

OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Oregon City Council is voting Monday on whether or not to add a dog and robot to the police force.

"Anything that you can do to make the officer's job safer and more efficient, we should pursue," said Chief Mike Navarre with the Oregon Police Department.

Toledo Refinery agreed to donate $15,000 thousand dollars for the purchase and training of a police dog. The canine will be able to detect drugs and human scent.

"If we have a person that flees the scene of a serious crime, the officers can track that suspect by picking up that human's scent and following. It can also be used to locate lost children," said Chief Navarre.

Council will vote on whether to accept the donation Monday. It covers everything but operational cost.

"Those seizures of money and property, I think will more than cover the operational costs," said Chief Navarre.

The police department hopes to purchase a robot similar to the Robotex Avatar 2. A homeland security grant will help pay for the about $66,000 robot.

The two foot long robot would be used by Oregon's Special Response team. Officials say it will work well in a standoff or hostage situation. The robot can go up and down stairs and has a 360 degree camera

 "You can send this robot in there to not only try to establish communication with the person, but then also locations and so forth," said Sgt. Tony Castillo who oversees the special response team.

Oregon council plans to vote on both items Monday at the city council meeting at 8 p.m.

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