Following approval from Mayor Tom Page and the Chester City Council, the Chester Police Department purchased a police canine. The purchase request was presented as an opportunity that had just been made available to the Department a few days prior. The owner/trainer was selling the police canine at a reduced price. Chief Coffey reported that, while he had plans down the road to acquire a police canine for the Department, it was not one the Police Department had planned to pursue right away. This opportunity changed that line of thinking.