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City of Grand Blanc Police and Grand Blanc Community Schools Collaborate to Add K-9

GBCS Administrators and the Grand Blanc School Board are constantly exploring new procedures and equipment to keep buildings safe and secure at Grand Blanc Community Schools. The City of Grand Blanc Police Department and the Grand Blanc Board of Education have taken an innovative step this year by approving a Police K9 unit. Detective Ryan Rouse, GBHS School Resource Officer, will now be a K9 Officer.

Detective Rouse recently invited staff and students to help rename the K9 that will join Grand Blanc Schools. Over 1200 votes were cast, resulting in the dog's new name: Ace! Ace is a male German Short-Haired Pointer, a breed known for being playful, intelligent, and good with other dogs and children. With an acute sense of smell, Ace has been trained in weapons detection and tracking. He has completed over 150 hours of training through J & S K9, LLC, to prepare for this placement.

In preparation for Ace's arrival, staff and families were surveyed to check for any serious canine allergies, and Detective Rouse’s office at GBHS now features an air purifier with a HEPA filter. The carpet in that area will be replaced with hard flooring, as well.

“The Grand Blanc City Police Department is ecstatic to add Ace to our staff. With their extensive training, Ace alongside Detective Rouse will be a great addition to the Grand Blanc Community Schools," said City of Grand Blanc Police Chief, Brian Lipe. "I would like to thank the Grand Blanc Community Schools’ Board of Education and the Administration for making this happen. Their dedication and efforts to ensuring the safety of the students and staff has been second to none.”

Ace is being introduced gradually at the high school campus. He was recently spotted greeting people at the gate with Detective Rouse at GBHS Graduation on May 30. He will be fully on duty in the fall for the 2024-25 school year. Toward the end of the first marking period next year, Detective Rouse plans to start visiting our other buildings with Ace to introduce him to our younger students!