LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is a bittersweet addition for the Bardstown Police Department -- on Tuesday, the department introduced the public to its newest members.
The new officers are K-9s Zeus and Ace. "They're able to track and sniff out drugs but they are also apprehension dogs," says Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin.
The dogs replace department's last K-9, Figo, who was retired when his handler was shot and killed earlier this year.
Chief McCubbin says, "Prior to Officer Ellis' death we had discussed the possibility of expanding the k-9 unit."
Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed at the end of his shift in May. Since the murder, his K-9 has become somewhat of a local celebrity as the community continues to mourn.
"Figo has kind of been a hit. Figo has been ask to attend events...not us, they want Figo there," says McCubbin.
Meanwhile, the new K-9s have been in training for the last several weeks and none of that comes cheap. The city covers the cost for the first dog and the other may surprise you.
"The second k9 is compliments of our local criminals and drug dealers," says Chief McCubbin.
McCubbin says he likes the irony here. "I love the old karma saying so we are going to allow the criminals to pay for the dog that is going to continue to chase them."
And as the new k-9s showcase their takedown skills, police hope the next takedown involves the person responsible for Ellis' murder.
"We don't have anything really new to up date but still really following up on every lead possible," McCubbin explains.
Bardstown Police have already put both dogs into service.
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