K-9 unit removed from former Camp Point police chief

Local police chief resigns, wants to take K-9 with him

Updated. Nov. 15, 2017

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley released the following statement on Facebook Wednesday about QPD's involvement with Camp Point K-9 officer Poseidon.

Updated Nov. 14, 2017

The Quincy Police Department removed Camp Point's K-9 officer from the home of former Camp Point Police Chief Steve Patterson Tuesday.

Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn told KHQA Tuesday the village board has not voted on the future of Officer Poseidon.

The board plans to meet Wednesday night to discuss the issue for the first time.

Mayor Gunn said he does not expect a vote or decision at Wednesday night's meeting.

Original story Nov. 7, 2017

The unexpected retirement of a local police chief stirs up controversy when he wants to keep his K9 Unit.

Former Camp Point Police Chief Steve Patterson resigned without notice less than 24 hours ago.

He's also the handler of the K-9 dog, Poseidon.

"The support is just so heartwarming it’s just unbelievable, I never dreamed I would have this support,” says Patterson.

Former Camp Point Police Chief Steve Patterson posted to social media Monday night thanking those for their support during his time as police chief. Patterson also posted he wishes K-9 Poseidon will stay where he belongs, "with his family."

"Right now my mind is just churning at the thought of losing my best friend and partner," said Patterson.

Mr. Patterson told KHQA Tuesday he resigned from his position at the district over a personnel issue. With the resignation comes the uncertainty of his partner and village K9 officer Poseidon.

"Technically he is considered property of the village like a car or anything else but he is not property. He is my best friend, he is my partner, he is my family and that is the toughest part of this whole thing,” said Patterson.

Poseidon, now two years old, has been with the village for a little over a year now.

"We have to go by the rules, the dog belongs to the village and we just can't tell the chief here is Poseidon. We have had donations for the dog, but we have also spent around $2,700 in the last year for medicine, vets, dog food, training, travel so it’s not all free," says Village of Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn.

The village has not yet formally requested for K9 officer Poseidon to be returned. The village will call a special meeting to order where both sides can be discussed.

And right now there are mixed views in the community.

"The dog should resign with the chief,” says Michael Vitale.
"I understand the attachment to pets because everybody has attachments but he is not a pet. He has been hired to do a job, he does a job and I think he can carry on as long as he is physically and mentally ably to do so,” says Pat Wheeler.
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