South Jacksonville police and fire departments expenditures were approved Thursday by the South Jacksonville Village Board.
Trustees approved sending a police officer to a police dog training academy on Nov. 5 in Arkansas.
Police Chief Tim Mann said the police department will buy a dog on or before then.
“The police canine will be a huge asset to the village’s police department and the village’s citizens,” Mann said, adding that the dog will partner with one of the police department’s drug officers to assist in narcotics detection.
Trustees also approved the purchase of 12 mobile radios for fire department vehicles and 21 portable radios for firefighters at a cost of about $23,000. The radios will be purchased from Global Technical Services.
“We are replacing outdated analog radios with the newest digital radios to provide our fire department with better communication equipment,” Fire Chief David Hickox said. The radios should arrive within 10 days, he said.
In other business, trustees approved the installation of a weather siren on Love’s Drive. The siren should be installed this fall, Mann said.