The Bowman County Sheriff’s Department has been requesting donations from local businesses to fund the creation of a K-9 unit, which will be led by Sergeant Doug Langhoff, and the community has responded.
By Chris Slone
According to Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle, a K-9 will cost approximately $12,000-14,000 to get off the ground and then $2,500-3,000 to maintain each year. As of now, the sheriff’s department has $8,200 in donations from local businesses.
The initial expense is for paying for the dog, training the officer, training for the dog, and the maintenance of the dog.
“We’re hoping to receive some more donations and it won’t come out of the taxpayer’s pockets that way,” Eberle said.
The yearly maintenance of $2,500-3,000, Eberle said he is going to request those funds from the county commissioners. According to Eberle, the commissioners have budgeted $23,000 in the past for the Southwest Task Force, which was devoted toward combating drugs. However, Eberle opted not to continue with that arrangement.
“I felt we weren’t getting our money’s worth with them, so I elected not to continue with them and requested that the commissioners direct some of those funds locally to work on our drug programs, and we’ve been successful,” Eberle said.
“I’m hoping to utilize that money here locally, rather than send it out of the area and not get our money back in return of services.”
Once the sheriff’s department is able to fund the K-9 program, it’ll give the southwest area a new resource, according to Eberle.
Eberle said the Bowman County Sheriff’s Department would be more than willing to assist Baker, Adams, Harding and Slope Counties.
“It not only puts another pair of boots on the ground that can smell parts per million where we can’t smell that stuff, we hope to continue to curve the drug epidemic down in this area,” Eberle said.
The dog is referred to as a single-purpose dog. It’ll will do drug detection, item searches and person searches.
“Not only will we have some resources if we have a lost child. We have resources for items such as a fire arm or a set of keys, whatever might be out there that could be attached to the crime. And of course, the drug detection,” Eberle said.
Langhoff will be handling the drug dog. The K-9 has one handler. The dog goes to work with him and the dog goes home with him.
“He’s been doing a fabulous job for us. I gave him some direction and he took off. Some drug arrests have already been made and he’s just been outstanding,” Eberle said.
Eberle also noted the dog is friendly in nature, and isn’t aggressive and won’t bite.