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Camp Point takes K-9 unit from former police chief

In this fie photo, Kelli Patterson smiles while listening to former Camp Point Police Chief Steve Patterson speaks to a reporter with Poseidon, the department's K-9 who Patterson has handled for over a year, at Patterson's Quincy home. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
Posted: Nov. 15, 2017 8:40 am Updated: Nov. 15, 2017 8:45 am

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The village of Camp Point has taken its K-9 unit back from its former police chief.

Steve Patterson, who resigned as police chief last week, posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that the Quincy Police Department had been called in to retrieve Poseidon, the village's K-9, from his home. Patterson had hoped the village would allow him to purchase the dog.

Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn told The Herald-Whig's news-gathering partners at WGEM that the dog is the village's property and "at some point we had to take control. You don't just give away village property."

Illinois law requires that police officers be given the first opportunity to adopt their police dogs that are retiring to allow them to remain with the officers' families, but it doesn't address what happens when an officer leaves.

"Our family's hearts have been forever broken," Patterson wrote in his Facebook post.

The police department was able to purchase Poseidon through donations. Poseidon is the department's only K-9 unit. WGEM had previously reported that Gunn said Poseidon will stay with Patterson until the board can hold a special meeting to decide the matter.

WGEM reported that a meeting to address the issue is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Camp Point City Hall.

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