Derby Police to start implementing narcotic K-9 units
DERBY, Kan. (KWCH) - The Derby Chief of Police Robert Lee announced Monday that they will soon implement a dual-purpose K-9 unit to detect more narcotics in the community.
In a release, chief Robert Lee said that Derby has had eight fatal drug overdoses since 2020 and saw 108 non-fatal overdose cases in 2017. He stated that Narcan was likely the only thing that prevented these overdoses from becoming fatality cases.
Chief Robert lee says the K-9 unit can detect methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and drugs laced with fentanyl.
The annual ongoing cost of training these dogs will be between $3,000 to $5,000 per year. They don’t anticipate starting the program until the spring of 2023.
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