Derby Police to start implementing narcotic K-9 units

In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, photo Massachusetts State Police K-9, Maximus, searches a car...
In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, photo Massachusetts State Police K-9, Maximus, searches a car for drugs with Trooper Brian Bonia, left, during a training session in Revere, Mass. During drug raids, police dogs literally follow their noses to sniff out narcotics, but now the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl could be deadly to the K-9s. Police have a new strategy for protecting their four-legged partners, by carrying Naloxone for their dog, the same drug to reverse heroin overdoses in humans. At right is Mass. State Trooper Brian Cooper. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)(Charles Krupa | AP)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 3:52 PM CDT
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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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