ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A year ago, Dougherty County police officers added two K-9 officers to their force. It would have been impossible without the community's help.
Private donations paid for the dogs and their training. The department held an appreciation dinner Thursday night for those who helped.
The tracking and patrol dogs live with the police officers they work with and the German Shepherds are trained to protect their handlers.
"The mere physical appearance of a K-9 unit especially when they're well trained is a very deterring affect for someone who wants to run from police or resist arrest," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek. "It's been a valuable tool for us."
The dogs are 3-years old. They're expected to work until they're eight to 10.