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Plans Announced To Acquire Drug Dog

By Staff | Feb 28, 2008

The ongoing epidemic of illicit drug usage in Palo Alto County continues to be a major concern for law enforcement authorities throughout the county. While efforts to combat drug problems are ongoing and the drug trade is feeling the affects of increased enforcement, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office is ready to take another step in the ongoing effort.

“We are dedicating 2008 to an all-out effort to gather the necessary donations needed to purchase an all-purpose drug dog, as well as fund it’s training and purchase equipment for its upkeep,” explained Palo Alto County Sheriff Dennis Goeders.

According to Goeders, the county is facing a very dangerous drug problem which is reaching into the school systems in the county. The drug problem is predominately responsible for many of the thefts and burglaries in the county.

“Violent encounters against peace officers and citizens in Palo Alto County are rising, and that is a direct result of the distribution and use of illegal drugs,” Goeders added.

While the sheriff’s office and the entire law enforcement community are working hard to combat the drug problem, more can be done.

“We have established a good ‘confidential informant’ system in the county, and we have a lot of things going in that respect,” Goeders said. “But, this process is slow-moving, and a lot of opportunities are missed. That’s why it’s important to seriously consider an all purpose drug dog.”

According to the sheriff, such a dog would be certified in the detection of dangerous drugs during traffic stops, search warrants and other suspicious circumstances.

“Employers and school officials could request walk-throughs in parking lots or locker checks for drugs,” Goeders noted, “and the dog could be used in tracking suspects, lost children, missing people and others.”

Additionally, disarming dangerous confrontations before they have an opportunity to escalate is also a talent for a certified dog.

The value of trained dogs to law enforcement has been proven time and time again. Drug dogs in Northwest Iowa have continually discovered illegal drugs on numerous occasions, assisting their human partners in the apprehension of individuals manufacturing, transporting and selling illegal drugs.

“I truly believe that law enforcement can greatly enhance the security of Palo Alto County residents and bring a safer environment for our kids to live in, by aggressively addressing the illegal drug activity,” Sheriff Goeders stated. “If we can curtail the manufacture and sale of illegal drugs, it will automatically reduce much of the crime we are experiencing.”

Persons or organizations that are interested in joining in this most worthwhile endeavor are urged to contact Sheriff Dennis Goeders at 712-852-3535 with their questions or donations.