Cottonwood Police Department awarded K-9 grant

COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood Police Department has been selected to receive a $5,000 grant-in-aid from Yavapai County Community Foundation toward the purchase of its newest K9, "Rio."

"Obviously these types of grants and the foundations that sponsor them are critical in our efforts to provide vital services to the community and to increase the effectiveness of our policing efforts," said Cottonwood Police spokesman, Sgt. Gareth Braxton.

Over the past two months, "Rio," a yellow Labrador Retriever, has been training with Officer Corey Shilling. Already known for her high "play-drive," she is quickly making friends amongst members of the police department. Rio is considered a single purpose K9 certified in narcotics detection. Not only has she proven to be advantageous in the fight to detect and eliminate illegal drug use from the community, she recently participated in the Cottonwood Police Department's Citizen's Academy during its K9 demonstration. The Department is looking forward to working with Rio for many years as its members welcome her into their family.

The Yavapai County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation.

Separately, the Yavapai County Attorney is still investigating the sudden death of another Cottonwood police dog, Dakota, which apparently died in a police vehicle.

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