A new K-9 officer will soon join the ranks of the Greensburg Police Department. Officials hope the dog will help crack down on illegal drug traffic in the city.
Officer Jordan Craig proposed the unit to the Greensburg City Council Monday, and they approved – in part because Craig will use his own German shepherd, Kreger, for the program.
City councilman Darrell Poling says using Craig’s dog cuts the cost of starting a K-9 program by more than half.
“It’s a huge cost savings to the city because I believe something like this would have cost the city upwards to about $10,000 and that he he’s wanting to donate the use of his dog and then the city will pay for the training, which I believe about $4,000,” he says.
Greensburg Detective Rudy Perez says the K-9 unit will help combat the town’s growing drug problem.
“Those being cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs and it will benefit our community because it will continue to allow us to excel in our efforts to, attempt to illuminate the drug problems that have been going around in our community.”
The dog will be on contract with the city for 3 years and officer Craig will get additional time off for caring for the dog. The Columbus Police Department also donated a dog cage for Craig’s police car.