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In January 2009 Dr. Mel Lightner superintendent of Pulaski Community School District in a Public Meeting brought up the subject of purchasing a narcotic detecting K-9 for the Pulaski Community with money raised by donations, over $3000 was raised that night. From only the one meeting in January over $7000 was raised by March 2009, and the school district purchased a K-9 from Bullocks Professional K-9 training. Officer Tinlin the Pulaski Police Department School Liaison Officer who is a United States Department of Defense trained K-9 Handler/trainer was assigned to be the new K-9’s handler. On April 15, 2009 Officer Tinlin and Chief Dunford travelled to Greenville, North Carolina to meet and pick up RAIDER a European Black Labrador Retriever that was born in the Netherlands and then shipped to North Carolina for Narcotics Detection training. Officer Tinlin and Raider immediately hit it off; they were able to complete a 10 day certification course in just 4 days.
Upon their arrival back in Pulaski Dr. Lightner presented Raider to the Pulaski Police Department in a ceremony at the Pulaski Middle School in front of the student body that had been so instrumental in raising money for the purchase of Raider.
Raider is still supported by donations including his Veterinary care which is being provided by Dr. Denzer’s Veterinary House Calls. The Village of Pulaski provided a Squad car dedicated to K-9 use, with the help of JR’s Fabricating Officers and Village employee’s were able to construct a safe and secure transport area for Raider in the squad without having to purchase an expensive aftermarket product.
Officer Tinlin and Raider train continually to maintain their abilities, some of those training sessions will be posted on this site.
Information provided by the Village of Pulaski