Vinton Police Officer Ben Parmater will return next week with his new partner, a German Shepherd named Gino.

The pair are completing their training in Indiana, and soon Gino will become the first Vinton PD K-9 Officer.

Police Chief Ted Paxton showed photos of the dog to city officials during the council meeting Thursday evening. At that meeting, the council approved a lease-purchase agreement for the vehicle which the K-9 team will use on patrol.

Gino is being trained in officer protection, suspect apprehension and drug detection.

Community support

The VPD began a fund-raising campaign to help cover the cost of the K-9 program, including the purchase and training of the dog, food, housing and other expenses. Area residents have donated well over $20,000.