Whether it reminds you of the 1969 musical film or a more recent high school rendition, the phrase also welcomes Somerset’s beloved K9 Unit, Dolly.
Dolly joined the department as a partner to Officer Matt May in June 2013. They have over 1,050 hours of training, 192 calls for service, and 96 drug related arrests. They also respond to calls for assistance from other agencies and have performed 64 demonstrations in the community.
To fund the K9 program, the department relies solely on donations. Dolly initially cost over $10,000, however, she was purchased by officer May, who offset the cost through several avenues. She is originally from Czechoslovakia, but was purchased through Pine Grove Kennels in Meigs County, where she also completes a 16 hour monthly training. MARS Pet Care contributes to keep Dolly’s costs of care low by donating one bag of food per month, Masterson’s Veterinary in Somerset sees the dogs at a discounted cost, and equipment, including the K9 vehicle, was donated by other agencies- resulting in no cost to the village.
Dolly and Matt are both State of Ohio and Nationally certified in narcotics and patrol. They are also members of the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers. To remain nationally certified, they must complete a week long training program in October. The training costs $400 to complete.
To make a donation to help support their training costs or other K9 maintenance costs, or to schedule a demonstration, please contact the Department at 740-743-1803. You can also stay updated with current events on Facebook by following Somerset, Ohio Police Department.