Mundelein Police K-9 Ranger | Photo: Mundelein Police Department

The Mundelein Police Department announced they are adding a new dual-purpose canine and are asking for the community’s vote in a canine grant contest.

Ranger, a male German Shepherd, is training at TOPS Kennel in Grayslake to be a dual-purpose canine specializing in locating missing people, criminals and illegal narcotics.

Ranger is living with his handler, Officer Kevin Freese.

“Ranger is serious at work but adapts well to the family life when off duty,” the department said.

Mundelein Police K-9 Ranger | Photo: Mundelein Police Department

In August, the department asked School District 75 students to help choose the name of the then-18-month-old dog.

Ranger and Freese will represent the department through canine demonstrations.

The Mundelein Police Department was nominated for the 2022 Aftermath K9 Grant, which offers grants totaling $15,000 to eight law enforcement agencies.

If Ranger wins, the money will be used to assist in maintaining the canine program, the department said.

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Votes can be cast once every 24 hours per device through October 31.