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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Library, CPD gearing up for free ‘Dogs & Drones’ program


Many people tend to love technology and pets, so Columbus Public Library, the Friends of the Library and the Columbus Police Department decided to combine them for a new and free program.

The Friends of the Library in conjunction with the Columbus Police Department at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, will host “Dogs & Drones,” in which CPD officers will explain how they keep the community safe by implementing a K-9 and drones in their work. The program will take place in the Community Room located on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St.

CPD Sgt. Santiago Velasquez and K-9 Eros, as well as officers Brent Moore and Tanner Dreifurst, will be on hand. Officer Velasquez will give a demonstration with Eros, while Officers Moore and Dreifurst will show off the drones and explain how CPD utilizes them.


(ABOUT THE PHOTO: Columbus Police K-9 Eros.)

“The K-9 team comprised of a handler and the K-9 will demonstrate how the team works together. He will also talk about what the team can do and cannot do,” CPD Capt. Doug Molczyk said. “As far as the drone program, they will talk about the drone, what it takes to be an operator and what the capabilities are of the drone. They will also talk about how they work together.”

Officer Moore said he would specifically speak on the drone, how one can become a commercial operator and what drones can do.

Library Customer Service Assistant Melodee Pedersen said the idea for the program came together after a member of the Friends’ board of directors remembered seeing advertising for a demonstration of a K-9 as part of the summer reading program in the past and thought it would be of interest to the public.

“I hope attendees can gain a greater appreciation for our police department and the work they do for the citizens of Columbus, as well as knowledge about how the dogs and drones are used by the police,” Pedersen said.

The program is free to people of all ages and doesn’t require registration. All you have to do is show up on Saturday.

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