WHITE COUNTY, Ind (WLFI)—The White County Sheriff’s Office wants to extend its K-9 program, by adding two new K-9 officers.
"We are well on our way,” said Chief Deputy David Roth. “And I really foresee having two or more dogs on the road by the end of the year.”
Chief Deputy David Roth said ideally the White County Sheriff’s Office would have four canines.
"In the past, we've had usually one K-9 with one officer,” said Chief Deputy David Roth
For now, one K-9 works one week and is only available on an "on call" basis. The department wants to change that, making K-9s available 24 hours.
"One K-9 for the county is not nearly enough to cover,” said Sheriff Bill Brooks of the White County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Bill Brooks wants to add at least 2 more K-9 officers to the force, but it's all easier said than done.
"The average cost of a K-9 is approximately 20, 000,” said Brooks
That's why Sheriff Brooks wants to put money aside each year, just for K-9s.
“We are relying on outside entities, townships, and public funding,” said Brooks
These four-legged law enforcers could be a huge advantage to the force and the public.
"One thing that scares me more than anything is the narcotics in this community,” said Roth. “And we have not had a cut direction on how to combat heroin and methamphetamine in this community for years"
K-9 officers can be essential to the department and set standards for the community.
"You would roll up to a scene and my old shift partner was a K-9,” said Roth. “And when we rolled up to a scene and the dog was barking, the attitude amongst the people was totally different than when we didn't have the dog"