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Price County Sheriff looking into adding K-9 officer to departmentSubmitted: 01/26/2015
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 a new dog would 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," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. 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 he still has plenty of work to do before he can add a dog to the office, which includes researching the costs involved.

"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 to $30,000 to get a trained K-9 officer. Schmidt hopes to get the program in place in the next two years.



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