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Dayton Explores Possible Curfew, New Police Dog

The City of Dayton is exploring a possible daytime curfew and the acquisition of a new police dog.

Police Chief David Halfhill explained that a daytime curfew put in place in the city would be to discourage students who are suspended from school from walking the streets during the day. 

“If these kids are suspended, they need to be at home,” Halfhill said.

He said that he recently stopped a girl who was suspended from school who said that she was on her way to a store that the Chief described as being halfway across town. The curfew would also be in place to hold parents of the suspended children accountable as well. 

The proposed curfew is during school hours only.

Halfhill also explained that the department is moving forward on acquiring a new police dog after a previous one transferred to Ludlow where its previous handler, Jim Black, now works. Halfhill said that the canine units are huge deterrents against drug crimes in cities because of their ability to detect drugs and because their presence deters people from running from police.

“People are generally more compliant with a police dog present,” he said.

The new handler for the department will be Officer Gilbert Marksberry who intends to go to Kansas for the new dog. The original idea was that Dayton Police would look at a trained canine in Arkansas, but Halfhill explained that the agency in Kansas provides a guarantee for the life of the dog while the one in Arkansas only covered it for one year. 

Officer Marksberry has helped raise funds to purchase the dog.

“The one in Kansas is a little bit more expensive, but there are stories of a dog getting sick and dying after a year or so. That happens,” Halfhill said.

Once Officer Black transferred to Ludlow, the department attempted to match its previous dog with other officers, but Halfhill said that the dog did not respond well to the other potential handlers. 

Dayton hopes to have a canine unit in place in the next couple of months.

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor