A German shepherd robot is going to work for the Muscogee County Marshal’s Office.
Columbus Council approved the $10,800 purchase of the KC & Cruiser Super Package Robot from Robotronics of Springville, Utah, at Tuesday night's meeting. The robot will be used in middle and elementary schools by the Junior Marshals and D.A.R.E. Programs to help mentor students, resist drug use and gang involvement. It also can be used as a motivational tool to encourage children to be productive citizens.
The animated dog sits behinds the wheel in its cruiser with flashing lights. The vehicle has a water squirter, an integrated MP3 player and custom paint.
Working with U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office, Marshal Greg Countryman was able to secure federal funds to pay for the robot. No city money would be used in the purchase, City Manager Isaiah Hugley said.
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Countryman couldn't be reached for comment.