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The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is seeking funds to fund a new K-9 Unit for the agency, according to Lt. Ryan Larrimore.

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Larrimore appeared as a guest on WSLM’s Coffee Club morning show Tuesday and said the department is seeking about $25,000 to fund the project. 

“This covers the dog, training class, equipment and kennel,” he said. “Due to budget constraints, we are asking for the public’s assistance in this matter to help meet our goals.”

Larrimore said the unit will be used to locate and detect illegal narcotics in our businesses and schools as well as to help educate the youth to raise drug awareness. 

“It will also be used during traffic stops when there is a suspicion of narcotics,” said Larrimore. “With increased awareness, the K-9 will hopefully serve as a deterrent to drug trafficking and arrests in Washington County.” 

Officer Paul Ginkins will be working with the K-9 and will attend an intense multi-week training couse. 

Ginkins has been with the department since 2014 and is a Washington County resident. 

Once the K-9 unit is trained and certified, it will be able to work alongside Ginkins. 

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Attn: K-9 Donation Fund, 801 Jackson Street, Salem, IN 47167