At the last Buffalo City Council meeting, Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder requested approval to apply for a speed enforcement grant, which the department has used before but must re-apply for as requested. The grant will help pay for overtime and other expenses associated with the enforcement.
The council gave their approval to pursue the grant. Carder reported that K-9 officer “Buddy” will need to be retired due to failing health, and will likely have to be put down.
Lieutenant Andrew Tkach has a dog he has been training and suggested using the dog for K-9 duty at least temporarily if not permanently.
The council agreed with the decision to use Tkach's dog. Carder also requested the line item in his budget for expenses for the K-9 officer be used for Tkach's dog, which was approved by the council.
The yearly expenses for food, veterinary and other services is currently $3,000 per year.