The Glenwood Police Department hopes to add a new K-9 drug detection dog to the force by the end of the year.
Grace, the department’s existing drug dog, is certified through early 2011, but Glenwood Police Chief Eric Johansen said he would like to get a new dog in place later this year.
Johansen said Grace is still “functional,” but the Black lab mix is approximately 10 years old.
“I don’t want Grace to get to the point where she’s no longer able to perform and we have a lapse in service,” Johansen said.
Private funds will be used to purchase the new dog, Johansen said. Nearly $800 of the $3,500 needed to purchase a new dog from Rivera Police Canine has been donated. Rivera is the same company the Mills County Sheriff’s Office used to buy its dog. The price tag includes handler training and some other items.
“Sheriff Goos says he’s extremely happy with Revera,” Johansen said.
Once purchased, expenses incurred for the dog will be handled by the police department. The Glenwood Vet Clinic would provide routine treatment to the dog at no charge.
Johansen said the drug dog is needed by the department to keep a handle on illegal drug use in the city.
“The most important reason to have a drug detection dog is to have assistance in enforcing the state’s narcotics laws,” he said.