K9 unit continues to receive federal grant support
The Department of Public Safety has received support from the U.S. government for training of the local K-9 dog drug detection unit.
In it’s fiscal year 2013, third quarter performance report covering the period of Apr. 1 - Jun. 30, 2013, police commissioner William Haleck says the police canine dog handlers have had off-island training and are certified for this purpose.
Additionally, the department has acquired a Registration Number from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that will enable police to acquire drug training aids to enable police in training dogs in the detection of illicit drugs smuggled into the territory.
Haleck, a former law enforcement officer with the DEA also says that Public Safety Department opened in June this year its K-9 facility at the Department of Agriculture compound to house the K-9 unit and their dogs. Costs of the project came to just over $72,000 funded with federal grant money through the local Criminal Justice Planning Agency.
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