Lebanon Police Department officer Eric Stein, unnamed K9, unit and Stein's son Gabriel pose for the YouTube camera at the Lebanon City Council meeting on Oct. 11.

The Keaton Coffey Foundation presented the Lebanon Police Department with a 14-week old German Shepherd puppy at the Lebanon city council meeting on Oct. 11.

Lebanon Police Chief Frank Stevenson selected patrol officer within the police department as Lebanon's K9 Officer.

The German Shepard puppy was given to officer Eric Stein to begin the bonding and training phase, according to a press release from the city of Lebanon. The LPD’s new addition will be trained to detect narcotics.

“I am finding it difficult to find the words to expressed how honored I feel that the Keaton Coffey Foundation has presented our police department with a police dog,” Stevenson said in the release. “We look forward to the positive impact our new K9 will have on our community.”

Jeff Keller, who helped raise the puppies until they are ready to be taken, presented the dog to officer Stein at the council's meeting. 

"Your community is getting an amazing dog," Keller said. "Officer Stein and Gabriel (Stein's son) have fallen in love already." 

Keller took the 14-year-week old puppy to the police station the day before to introduce the dog. 

"She has already had the run of the police station," he said. 

The Lebanon Express asked why officer Stein was selected to recieve the dog.

Stevenson explained that Stein has been asking to implement a K9 program since he started at LPD five years ago. 

Stein also wrote Stevenson a five page memo on why he should become the department's next K9 officer, while the chief had only requested one page. 

The name for the puppy has not been selected, as the community will be able to vote on names at the city of Lebanon's Facebook page. 

The five names that people may vote on are: Hero, Lexi, Lilly, Zaybo and Nike. To vote for a name, visit https://beta.doodle.com/poll/ihq75zdm7w6vhzat

In other business

The city council agreed to raise the garbage collection rate for Republic Services by 3.5 percent or a $0.79 increase for the average customer. The increase is the largest it has been in several years. 

The council agreed to expand its library passport program so that patrons in Sweet Home, Scio, Harrisburg, and Linn-Benton Community and Albany Public Library. So that anyone who has a car from anyone of those libraries can check out five items at each of those libraries, and the city of Lebanon would only have to pay for its share for a courier service. 


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