K-9 Harlie Provided by Glasgow Sworn in at New Lenox Police Department Ceremony

State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow at Harlie’s swearing in ceremony, along with, from left, New Lenox Police Chief Louis Alessandrini, Officer Candace Guidry and New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann.
State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow at Harlie’s swearing in ceremony, along with, from left, New Lenox Police Chief Louis Alessandrini, Officer Candace Guidry and New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann.

State’s Attorney James Glasgow and New Lenox Police Chief Louis Alessandrini joined New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann at the New Lenox Police Department for the swearing-in ceremony of law enforcement K-9 Harlie — a female Labrador purchased by Glasgow using money forfeited from drug dealers and money launderers.

Harlie is the 21st police canine Glasgow has provided to local law enforcement agencies in Will County. In the next few months, four more canines will be coming on board at the police departments in Mokena, Frankfort, and two in Plainfield.

“I am going to continue providing these very special K9s to our law enforcement community because they play such a critical role in crime prevention and interdiction, as well as offering providing incredibly positive community outreach,” Glasgow said. “These canines bring very unique talents to the table when assisting law enforcement in its mission of taking criminal drug dealers and violent offenders off our streets.

“Just as important, they serve as ‘Goodwill Ambassadors’ who further strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and members of the community, including children. These dogs go into our school with officers, helping children learn about the dangers of drugs as well as the importance of offering empathy and compassion to our canine companions.

“As St. Francis of Assisi so brilliantly declared over 900 years ago, ‘He who would deny the shelter of pity and compassion to any of God’s creatures, would do likewise to his fellow man.’ The solace that these amazing creatures provide to us unconditionally makes for a more benevolent and kind community.”

Harlie was born October 23, 2023, at Skyline Drive Kennels in Brownstown, Indiana. She and handler Officer Candace Guidry completed six weeks of training last week, and Harlie is now certified in Narcotics Detection and Tracking.

The students at New Lenox School District 122 helped name the New Lenox Police Department’s newest addition.

(Story and photo provided by State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow’s Office)

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