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If you leave a pet in your car in Rhinelander during a warm summer day, you could be cited by city police under a new ordinance. Rhinelander Police recently cited one person who left their dog inside a locked car with little ventilation for more than 40 minutes. Sergeant Kurt Helke says each summer they frequently get calls about pets locked in vehicles. He says in the past he's taken pets from cars to the animal shelter. Helke checked to see what other communities do concerning pets in vehicles, and a proposal he promoted passed the city council last month...

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Last year, the Rhinelander Common Council voted to fund the addition of a recovery coach with the city police department.

At a recent council meeting, Detective Sergeant Josh Chiamulera said the innovative position has worked well. The coach goes with police on calls where drugs or alcohol is an issue. He says they partnered with the Marshfield Clinic in an effort to get the person to the services they need.

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The death of George Floyd and the resulting protests have brought scrutiny to all police forces with many people calling for radical change in their practices. This is true in the large metropolitan police forces, but it also is at the forefront of the rural police forces in our Northwoods.