SIU Police Getting K9

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By Amy Fox
By Andy Shofstall

CARBONDALE -- At SIU, campus police are looking to add a different type of equipment to their force, a K9 unit.

After threats on campus in recent years, the SIU Police Department became interested in a dog trained in explosives detection and tracking.

The K9 could be used to provide additional security checks before athletic events and special events on campus.   

"When an officer or a team is walking around looking for suspicious packages, they can't detect those odors like a K9 would," said Sgt. Chad Beights of the SIU Police Department. "So the safety and the expertise of that dog to find a potential hazard is greater for them than it would be for a human."

The dog would be one of only a few K9's trained to work with explosives in the state and could assist other local law enforcement agencies as well.  SIU police have to raise $50,000 to start the K9 unit.

If you would like to contribute, visit their website: www.dps.siu.edu.

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