PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes the upgrade would help improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion. Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year," Schmidt said. "But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
Schmidt says there's still plenty of work before adding a dog to the office, which means looking at possible costs as well.
"We've got obviously to look at the foundation or at least the money that has to come in to allow us to create the policy and paperwork and interest into it, not only at the county board level, but also from the public's perspective," Schmidt said.
Schmidt says it could cost about $25,000-$30,000 to get a trained K-9 officer. Schmidt hopes to get the program in place in the next two years.