The Bond County Board has approved the creation of another canine unit in the Bond County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Jeff Brown said the cost to obtain the police dog and start the unit will be around $38,000. Brown noted the canine unit will be an important tool in the effort to combat the growing drug problem in the area.
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Chris Bauer is the county state’s attorney. Money used to create the canine unit comes from defendants in drug cases
The department had a canine unit a few years ago.
Sheriff Brown said a new dog will be obtained and a deputy will attend a 12 week training session to handle the dog. The dog can also be used for tracking in missing person cases and building searches.
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Sheriff Brown said the canine unit will be a good resource for other law enforcement agencies in the county, and will also be available to assist other counties.
Sheriff Brown hopes the canine unit is ready by November.