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WPD paying for canine program review

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The WPD will be bringing in Dr. David J. Ferland, a retired Chief of Police from Portsmouth, New Hampshire,  to evaluate the canine program within the department. The WPD will be bringing in Dr. David J. Ferland, a retired Chief of Police from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to evaluate the canine program within the department.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department has finalized an agreement to bring in an outside canine review specialist.

According to WPD Spokesperson Linda Rawley, the department will be bringing in Dr. David J. Ferland, a retired Chief of Police from Portsmouth, New Hampshire,  to evaluate the canine program within the WPD. Ferland will also look for ways to improve the system. 

Ferland has 15 years of experience handling police canines, according to Rawley.

The outside assistance comes after a November incident that involved a WPD canine handler placing a police dog inside of a suspect's car window. Additionally, the department is re-hiring one of its own. 

Captain Bruce Hickman formed the WPD's canine program, but retired from the organization in 2009. Rawley said he is also being brought back to help evaluate and improve the program.

According to Rawley, Ferland has been contracted by the City of Wilmington for $7,700. That amount includes all expenses as well as follow-up consultation.

Rawley said Hickman has been hired as a temporary employee. He started working this month and will work up to 19 hours a week at a rate of $21 per hour.

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