GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Sheriff's Office is working to get a K9 unit for the department.
Sheriff David Carter tried to get the Greene County Quorum Court to pay for the new unit, but there is not enough money in the budget.
Now the department is applying for a grant that might make the unit a reality for Greene County.
The grant will pay for 75% of the K9 unit's salary and benefits for three years.
"And then after those three years then the county will have to absorb the cost," Carter said.
Carter said this will help the department not only get the unit but also a much needed new deputy.
"It will relieve a lot of the burden off the county and eventually we were going to get another employee down the line anyway, so if we can get a grant to cover 75% of the cost that would be great," Carter said.
He said the K9 unit will help the department in various ways.
"It will help in drug interdiction and be more beneficial to the traffic stops and Greene County just needs one," Carter said. "Paragould has one but they are covered up so I think two dogs in the county would be a lot better."
Carter said the Clay County K9 unit helps his department sometimes when they need it, but he would like to see another unit.
He said these units working together would keep more drugs off the streets.
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