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March 19, 2008

Albany--  Dougherty County Police hope to have some new officers on the force soon to help protect you. They're working to set up a K-9 unit.

For the past two years, the department has worked on establishing a unit. However it's expensive and doesn't fit into their budget. Dogs are about $10,000 a piece.

They're making progress thanks to donations from individuals and businesses. People have given everything from fences to concrete and kennels. The unit will begin with two dogs who will help out with searches for evidence and missing people.

"If you have a hunter lost or if you have a small child that wanders away, Alzheimer's patients. You can have a search party out but dogs really can do things humans can't," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

"The whole project itself is a worthwhile project that other communities from little towns like Thomasville, Valdosta on up to the big cities are using and they found a huge success in the drop in burglary rates," said Patrol Officer Bob James who has nearly 30 years experience handling dogs.

Officers say those dogs will not be aggressive and will be people-friendly. They hope to get four dogs so that one is available each shift. DCP hopes to have a pilot unit up and running in May.

If you'd like to help out with donations or items, call Dougherty County Police.  

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