Lilburn police considering K-9 unit

The Lilburn Police Department has placed $73,747 in its Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to add a K-9 unit and associated equipment and services. If approved later this month, the special unit will be funded by the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

“Anyone who’s been following the epidemic in this country knows that opiate addiction is a serious problem. The K-9 unit will help us detect these dangerous drugs,” Police Chief Bruce Hedley said, adding that the department currently has to rely on the availability of dogs from other jurisdictions.

City Manager Bill Johnsa said the city is working toward its goal of becoming the safest city in Georgia. “This will be accomplished by a strong, well-equipped police force, as well as superior community policing. The addition of a K-9 unit will bolster this effort,” he said.