Early PD Gets New K9 Unit, Aims to 'Fight Against War on Drugs'

Published 04/01 2014 10:09PM

Updated 04/01 2014 10:42PM

The Early Police Department is looking to reduce the amount of drugs being transported through Brown County with the help of a new furry employee.

On Monday night, K9 Jambo and his handler Corporal Brandon McMillian worked their first shift. The two have been training in San Antonio for three weeks after city council approved bringing back the K9 unit in February.

"It was a long three weeks," says Cpl. McMillian. "We had a lot of training on site and went to different schools and halfway homes."

Jambo is a narcotics and tracking dog and is already a big help.

"He listens very well," adds Cpl. McMillian. "He's a very social dog and we haven't had any problem."

Two years ago, Early police decided to end the K9 unit after it became difficult to continually train and maintain the dog. They put a pause on the program until this year, when the department was able to do more research and receive grant money.

"Just having a dog would help us fight the war on drugs literally," says Early Police Chief David Mercer.

Chief Mercer says Brown County has been a passageway for transporting drugs. Having a K9 will make it easier to "sniff" out situations during a traffic stop.

"We know there's a lot of drugs that go through," Chief Mercer said. "Highway 377 is one of the main highways from Mexico to the metroplex."

Several businesses in Brown County are providing veterinary services and food for the dog. The local Walmart helped with purchasing Jambo by providing grant money.

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