BARDSTOWN, Ky (WDRB) -- The Bardstown Police Department is expanding its K-9 unit after the city council unanimously gave its support.

It's been in the works for months and will now become a reality thanks to donations and funding from the City of Bardstown.

The Bardstown Police Department currently has two K-9s but soon, the department will be adding one more.

"Having another K-9 is going to help a lot,” said Officer Kyler Wright.

Wright and his dog Zeus are one of the two K-9 units.

Officer Wright says with another dog, the department will have a K-9 on duty almost 24 hours a day.

“Officer Cauley and myself, we get called out a lot to help the drug task force, traffic stops, subjects that are running from us,” Wright explained.

Capt. Tom Roby says K-9s are key in helping fight the drug problem the City of Bardstown is dealing with.

"A lot of property crime is drug driven and we want to fight this plague, especially heroin and every other narcotic that's being abused,” said Roby.

The process started in December, when Officer Reese Riley asked permission to start raising money for a new K-9.

"Coupled with community support and another officer really taking initiative to get this started, Reese deserves all the credit for that,” said Roby.

On April 14, the Bardstown City Council gave its full support to move forward.

The new dog will cost about $10,000.

So far, $6,000 has been raised.

"City council has stepped up and unanimously said they'd settle the difference. They've heard the community,” Roby told WDRB.

Officer Wright demonstrated how helpful Zeus can be.

"If you have a fleeing suspect and they toss a gun out of their waistband or any kind of other evidence, if we have a general area where they ran from, then we can take the dog out and do an article search,” he said.

Officer Wright tossed some handcuffs in the grass and Zeus found them within a few minutes.

"They're very smart animals,” he said.

"It's just amazing what dogs can do,” added Capt. Roby.

The new K-9 is in the process of being purchased and will start work at the end of May. Officer Reese Riley and the new K-9 will attend a two week training starting May 10.

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