The Georgia Emergency Management Agency would provide the police department with a trained bomb sniffing dog and pay for food and veterinarian care for the first three years. They will also provide a vehicle and training for a dog handler.
Interim Chief Wilma Griffin says the dog would aid in fighting crime in not only Albany, but throughout Southwest Georgia. "GEMA is in the process of, with this grant, to serve the Southwest Region at this particular time."
Albany Police would be expected to have a memorandum of understanding between the city and GEMA to aid nearby counties when needed. The dogs could also be cross-trained to locate weapons for police.
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