Council to Consider Reinstating K-9 Unit

Brandon McMillan/

Turlock City Council will have the opportunity to bring back the Turlock Police Department’s K-9 unit, which has been unfunded for years, tonight.

The K-9 unit was one of many services that the Turlock Police Department has been without after taking cuts many years ago.

If approved by Council, the City of Turlock will fund the the K-9 unit at an amount not to exceed $104,000 in the first year and pay approximately $28,000 for each additional year of operation of the unit.

Currently, the Turlock Police Department must request the assistance of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department if a K-9 is needed. 

The first year of costs would include the purchase of two police service dogs at $23,678, as well as several types of training at $41,800.

Ongoing costs for each additional year will be around $28,000, which includes K-9 pay differential and liability. The $28,000 for year one is included in the $104,000 startup cost.

Council discussed the possibility of adding a K-9 unit during budget workshops, however were unable to finalize costs before Mayor Gary Soiseth released his proposed budget, which was ultimately approved by Council.

Despite not being approved during passage of the budget, the majority of Council was in favor of reinstating the K-9 unit.

To pay for the first year of operation, per the item that Council will vote on, the City of Turlock will use Prop 172 funds, which is tax money dedicated to frontline public safety use.

The ongoing costs after the first will be absorbed into future general fund budgets, according to the staff report.

On Tuesday, Turlock City Council will also:

  • Consider upholding the City of Turlock intent to give 2,000 acre-feet of water to the Turlock Irrigation District, per a Stanislaus Regional Water Authority agreement.
  • Consider approving the War Memorial cannon’s relocation to Central Park.
  • Appoint members to the Community Grant Ad Hoc subcommittee.
  • Receive staff updates on water conservation, capital projects and building activity, and the website redesign.

Turlock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.

Comments 1

  1. Police-fire controls Soiseth says:
    The Kid mayor sure knows how to pay back his endorsements, first Swanson with no food trucks in downtown Turlock, next it's the police & fire fighters unions. What else do they want or need. Spend down the reserve fund and see what happens Kid Mayor when you have to lay off officers.

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