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SIU Police raising money for bomb sniffing K9 officer

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The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Police department wants to add a four-legged officer to its force, and it's asking for donations to make it happen.

The police department stated with the strong sense of smell and hearing of a law enforcement K9, it is a valuable tool for police departments.

SIUC police say there has been an increase in bomb threats to buildings and residence halls on campus in recent years.

When that happens, the department has to rely on other agencies to provide bomb-sniffing dogs.

The department says having its own K9 trained in explosives detection and tracking would make their response to threats faster.

The K9 would also be used to investigate suspicious packages on campus, and during sweeps of Saluki Stadium and Arena before sporting or special events.

Adding a K9 to the SIUC force won't be cheap.

Officials say the initial cost for a fully trained K9, training for the handler, and a dedicated vehicle is about $50,000. 

So SIUC PD is looking for the community's help to raise those funds.

If you're interested in donating to the fund through the SIU Foundation click here.

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