Leachville Police Department raising money to add K9 officer to the force

Leachville Police Department raising money to add K9 officer to the force

LEACHVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Leachville Police Department is looking to expand their department.

Fundraising is underway right now to get a four-legged officer on the force. The police department needs roughly $8,500 dollars and so far, they're halfway to that goal.

Already, multiple businesses in the Buffalo Island area have made big donations. One anonymous donor has pledged $1,000.

"We really need something in Buffalo Island," Leachville Police Chief Steve Lancaster said. "It's been several years since we've had a K-9 unit and we really need one."

Though the dog will help the department in multiple ways, Chief Lancaster hopes one of the biggest benefits to having a K-9 officer is getting drugs off the streets.

"We've had an influx of theft, an influx of burglaries, copper thefts on the rise as it is everywhere," Chief Lancaster said. "Most communities that I've spoken to that have implemented a K-9 program have seen a decrease in those problems."

Chief Lancaster told Region 8 News the dog will also be trained to protect, able to recover evidence and serve as a search dog.

Chief Lancaster said with two nursing homes in the area, the dog will be beneficial if an Alzheimer's patient goes missing.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with the fundraising. The department hopes to have the dog in place and on the streets by July 4, just in time for the town's centennial celebration.

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