"The recent return of K-9 Handler/Patrolman Kenny Hill and K-9 Officer Anya has been terrific for our department. There are three K-9 units, ours and the two at the Clay County Sheriff's Department, working with law enforcement in our county," Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times. "They are extremely important in the fight against drugs. A second K-9 unit at our department will only strengthen that fight and be more beneficial to our community."
According to officials, having two K-9 units would allow officers to utilize the highly skilled animals on a 24-hour basis.
But necessary budget cuts make it difficult for the police department to fund a second K-9 unit.
"Since our department can only fund one police dog, we are seeking donations from the public for another K-9 unit," Patrolman Jeff Bucklin II, who has been selected to be the department's new K-9 handler, said. "The citizens of Brazil are very open to the department's K-9 program and we believe it will enhance the safety of our citizens by removing drugs from our community and assisting our officers in many ways."
Bucklin said the new dog would be trained not only for drug work, but also tracking, finding lost persons and helping to educate the people of all ages about harmful effects of drugs.
Bucklin is spearheading the fundraising efforts for the new K-9 unit.
"People can come into the department or mail in their donations to support the new dog," he said.
Bucklin said that all donations will be used to purchase, provide health insurance, create a health maintenance program, and continue with certified training for the dog.
Donations for the Brazil City police Department's newest K-9 unit can be made at the department in person or checks made out the City of Brazil K9 Fund can be mailed to the attention of Patrolman Jeff Bucklin II, 203 East National Ave., Brazil, Ind., 47834.
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