Salineville council hires K-9 unit

SALINEVILLE- Village council members unanimously approved the hiring of a K-9 unit for its police force during a special meeting Thursday night.

Officer Matthew Devlin, of Akron, and his canine, “Bella,” will join the Salinville Police Department on a part-time basis.

Council was enthusiastic about adding the experienced K-9 officers, saying the increased police presence will deter drug use within the village. Police Chief Andrew Straley agreed, saying Devlin and “Bella” also should make an immediate impact on overall crime within the village.

“Matt is a great officer and the K-9 will help deter a lot of the drugs that are trafficked through here and used locally,” said Straley “We’re going to utilize the dog to the fullest extent that we can.”

Straley notes that Devlin has more than a decade of experience as a patrol officer and has worked in larger Ohio communities, such as Uniontown, located in Stark County, and Boston Heights, located in Summit County.