The Doraville Police Department will be joined by two new canine (K9) units within the next few months following a city council-approved contract worth $27,500 on March 20.
In addition to the K9 units, the contract—made with Shallow Creek Kennels based out of Sharpsville, Penn.—will also include six week training sessions for two Doraville police officers.
“This is a company we have used several times before,” said Major Chuck Atkinson, who presented the item to council. “We’ve definitely been happy with what they have provided us in the line of canines as well as the training they’ve given to our officers.”
According to the agreement, Shallow Creek Kennels will be responsible for training K9s “possessing the proper drives and characteristics” in the areas of tracking, area and building searches, criminal apprehension, obedience as well as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine detection.
Doraville’s approved budget for 2017 states the police department will receive approximately $7.6 million, an increase of $1.6 million from 2016. The budget lists $34,700 for education and training as well as $269,100 available for general supplies and materials.
According to Doraville Police Department’s website, K9 units, known as officers, aid in narcotics, marijuana and explosive detection in addition to locating suspects, missing persons and crime scene evidence.
In April 2016, Doraville K9 officer Tryko was fatally stabbed several times by a fleeing suspect when a warrant was being served. Tryko’s bravery earned him the Paw of Courage Award from the American Kennel Club.
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