HURRICANE – The Hurricane City Police Department is welcoming a new member to their team as they begin their new K-9 Program. Paige, a 3-year-old Belgium Malinois female, is currently being trained in narcotic detection and criminal apprehension.
“We are excited for the opportunity to bring a dual purpose K9 dog to our department,” Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said in a press statement. “This is something we have been working toward for years and it was able to come together this year.”
Buell said the department looked at the benefits of having a K-9 Program as part of their police force and the added investigative tool it will bring.
Although the expense of a K-9 Program can be costly, Buell said with the help of asset forfeiture money, they were able to fund the program and purchase a K-9.
“She is in great shape, well-trained and extremely well-behaved,” Buell said.
Paige will be teamed up with her partner, Officer Jayson Despain, who has been working with the Hurricane City Police Department for 10 years. Despain is currently going through handler training with Paige.
“The program will be a great asset to our community and our commitment to detect and apprehend those involved in drug related crimes,” Buell said.
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