The Woodville Police
Department has added a new officer, but this one walks on four legs.
Raider is the newest
member of the K-9 unit. He's a black Dutch Shepherd from Belgium.
Police Chief Roy Whitehead
says one of his officers suggested the department get its K-9 unit back about
two years ago. They haven't had one since 2006. The officer asked Chief
Whitehead if the department raised the money, would he be okay with it. The
chief, of course, said yes.
The department mailed
letters to residents to see if they would sponsor the initiative. Whitehead
says they raised $5,000 in just a few weeks. Area businesses then donated,
giving the department a total of $15,000.
Chief Whitehead says
Raider is well worth it.
"He will be able to track
all types of narcotics," he said. "He will be able to track fleeing subjects
and even missing children."
Raider is being trained
now, and as long as everything goes well, the department is hoping to have him
on the streets by the third week of May.