Pickens Police Department seeks donations for K-9 officer

PICKENS — The Pickens Police Department is in the process of raising funds to procure a police dog.

The department had one in the past, and Cheif Travis Riggs believes bringing a K-9 to the force will be an invaluable asset to the city.

The dog will go through certified training in drug detection and human tracking.

“This dog will not be a bite dog or a protection dog due to the fact that we would like to ensure safe interaction between the dog and the public at community events,” Riggs said.

Riggs said the department will request a Belgian Malinois. They look similar to a German shepherd but are much smaller and friendlier. The cost is estimated at just less than $12,000 which will cover the cost of the dog, the training for dog and handler, the home and car kennel, and other miscellaneous startup costs.

“We are asking for support from the community and business owners to attain the required funding,” Riggs said. “We will be looking into donations, fundraisers and grants. I have been approached by many citizens and business owners already willing and able to donate to our cause.”

After the initial cost, there will be a minimal cost for food and checkups, which the department can support with its current budget. All donations can be made out to the Pickens Police Department K-9 Fund at P.O. Box 217, City Hall Pickens, S.C. 29671.