Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Police to get K9 drugs-sniffer

Sun Valley gets funds come from drug bust confiscation

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Police Department received approval on Thursday to bolster its force. The improvements include a new drug dog and a new police vehicle.

The Sun Valley City Council voted unanimously on April 21 to approve funding for a new drug dog, an essential component of the Narcotic Detection K9 program.

"I think it's a worthwhile program," Councilman Kevin Laird said.

Funding for the program comes from a traffic stop conducted in August 2004. The traffic stop for a speed violation on Trail Creek Road evolved into a drug investigation. The investigation resulted in an approximately $28,000 award to the Sun Valley Police Department. The money was allocated to the department to be used for narcotics investigation or education.

The department decided to allocate $24,320 to start and fund a drug-dog program for four years. The department estimates the initial start-up expenditures for the program to be approximately $14,400.

The dog will be utilized for drug detection and community education programs.

The council also approved the allocation of $4,000 collected in the drug investigation to the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team for their assistance in the seizure.

The council also approved the Police Department's request to buy a new vehicle. The department intends to designate the new vehicle for the Narcotic Detection K9 program.

The council authorized the department to buy a 2005 Explorer Sport Trac vehicle for $24,570. The department budgets its funds to purchase one new vehicle each year.

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