Darren Doyle, story
Sheriff Shane Doyle says that his office is nearing the purchase of a German Shepherd drug dog that will become the county's K9 unit.
Doyle said Deputy Jordan Jones recently inquired about a K9 program, but Doyle didn't see it being feasible with an already strapped budget. According to the sheriff, Dep. Jones has been busy on his own time researching the idea, visiting training facilities, and gathering the proper information and resources in order to make it work in Edmonson County.
"I've been thoroughly impressed with the research and hard work that's been done by Deputy Jones," he said. Doyle said that Jones has already secured some donors for the addition, approximately $5,000 worth. The total estimated cost of the highly trained animal will be somewhere around $7,000.
"This is the only financial investment that we can make as a Sheriff's Office that will actually allow us to bring in more income, by way of drug money and seizures," said Doyle. "We're not looking to go out here and worry about profits, but a highly trained drug dog like Deputy Jones has found will help us get more drugs out of this county, and we can invest seized drug money back into our budget, which eases the tax payer."
Deputy Jones said he feels like the addition of a K9 unit will have a huge impact on fighting drugs in Edmonson County. "I'm honored to be part of this project and do my part in helping make this a safer place for our kids," he added.
Doyle said the plan is to continue working on the project and implement the new canine deputy within a year.