Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Police to get K9 drugs-sniffer

Sun Valley gets funds come from drug bust confiscation


By MEGAN THOMAS
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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