Chamber learns about Aledo drug canine proposal

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
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Adam Moseley has been working for the Aledo Police Department for the past few years and is eager to bring more security to the city. He works the night shift and has seen the increase of drug arrests in the city over the past several years.

Most of the drugs come from outside the community, Moseley told members of the Aledo Chamber of Commerce at the monthly luncheon meeting on Feb. 10, 2009. Moseley was introduced by Aledo Chief of Police J. Michael Sponsler. “I was a canine officer for three-and-a-half years for Rock Island,” Sponsler told the chamber.

When Moseley came to the chief with his idea for bringing in a drug canine, Sponsler did not discourage him. “He did a lot of research and presented it to the Aledo City Council,” said Sponsler.

The council told Moseley that if he could find the initial funds ($8,000), the city would insert a line item into its budget to keep the program going.

Moseley said he grew up in the Quad Cities and he and his wife moved to Aledo nearly five years ago. He first began working in Aledo as a paramedic for the ambulance service. He also handled the aquatics program for the YMCA and gave CPR classes.

Moseley says he works for the Aledo Police Department now mostly on the weekends, Thursdays through Sundays and at night. “I’ve been seeing a lot more traffic in town,” he said.

He said that some people coming through town are bringing drugs into the town. “We get information from tips, or find things on traffic stops,” he said.

In one case he stopped a DUI driver and found 15 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the car. Another time in 2008 he stopped someone and found cocaine in the vehicle sitting right in front of him on the passenger side of the car. “Per Illinois law we have a right to have a dog and search on the outside on any car,” he said.

He said he is looking at bringing in a narcotics canine, not an attack dog.

“This will not be an aggressive dog,” he said.

He said the $8,000 is needed to purchase the dog, put he and the dog through training, retool the vehicle to carry the dog and put up a kennel at his home for the dog.

Besides using the canine at work he said he would like to see the dog receive other training so it could become a tracking dog, or an “article search dog.”

The article search would be useful “if someone runs from us and tosses something aside. The dog would be able to find what was discarded,” he said.

He also would take the dog to schools for information purposes and give programs to other organizations.

Moseley is just $2,300 away from the goal and credits his good fund-raising efforts to the people of the community. He has even received funds from outside Aledo. “I honestly didn’t expect to have this much money at this short time,” he said.

He said that the Macomb Police Department also has a drug canine from the same place he plans on getting his dog. He said he is looking to get either a German Shepard or a Black Lab for the job.

He said that a local veterinarian also offered his services for the lifetime of the dog.

Anyone with questions or donations can contact Moseley at the Aledo Police Department or by email at amoseley@aledoil.org.