Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. announced today the company has purchased a new K9 police dog for the Taylor Police Department, and plans to purchase another one for the department in the near future. Atlas Oil Chairman and CEO Sam Simon made the announcement.
The Taylor Police Department recognized the need to add a K9 unit to its team this past winter, but did not have the necessary funds to secure one. Recognizing Atlas Oil as a strong corporate citizen with a longstanding history of supporting the community, the police department and City of Taylor approached Atlas Oil Chairman and CEO Sam Simon with the idea for Atlas Oil to sponsor the dog, and to name it after the company.
“Safety is our top priority at Atlas Oil. This initiative, which will support our law enforcement officials and help keep our local families safe, is a perfect fit for us,” said Simon. “We are always looking for ways to give back to our hometown community, and are honored to be part of this important life-saving project.”
With Atlas Oil’s support, the Taylor Police Department secured Atlas, an 18-month-old German Shepherd, in the spring. After 12 weeks of certification with handler Officer Rick Barnosky, Atlas is serving regular shifts as the newest member of the Taylor Police Department.
“Having a K9 is like having another officer on staff. These dogs are incredibly intelligent, and are highly skilled at performing in-depth, effective searches and other crucial projects,” said Taylor Police Chief Mary Sclabassi. “We are deeply grateful for Atlas Oil’s continued support as we work to keep our community safe and strong.”
The second K9 will be selected and trained at a later date in the near future.
“Atlas Oil is one of the key business partners in the Taylor community,” said Mayor Rick Sollars. “I can’t say enough about Sam Simon and his entire staff. To sponsor Atlas is an invaluable service to our community. To sponsor another K9 unit in the future just shows you how much Sam and Atlas Oil value safety in their hometown community. I know that I speak for both the police department and the residents of the city when I state that we are overwhelmed with the company’s generous donations.”