Sullivan said the department has yet to decide on a breed, but the dog will be two years old and straight from Germany.
Worldwide Canine matches each handler with his or her ideal K-9 partner, as officer usually spend two weeks with any given dog before purchase to determine if they are the right match.
The dog MWPD chooses will need to specialize in detecting primarily marijuana and methamphetamine.
Sullivan said its handler will also be a specialized officer with advanced knowledge of narcotics, interrogation, following intuition and the ability to take care of themselves in remote parts of the county without readily available backup.
In the wake of the recent area drug raids, Sullivan said that having a narcotics dog is important so that the MWPD can stay ahead of the curve.
“Based on the research, as [Interstate] 20 heats up, it’s a logical conclusion that dope is coming out of Mexico, up [U.S. Highway] 281, shooting across [U.S. Highway] 380 and dropping down into those Metroplex areas,” he said. “It may be going directly to Dallas up Interstate 35 or through Mexia, but we’re just following the obviously example that maybe some of those loads are coming here. We’re just trying to change up our tactics.”
Sullivan said he hopes to have the new dog join the ranks of MWPD officers as springtime.
In other business, council members:
• Unanimously approved an ordinance abandoning an undeveloped portion of NW 3rd Street in the Slaughter and Barbara West Addition. Richard Kidwell, who owns property on either side of the undeveloped street, was in support of the abandonment so that he could convert it into a private drive way for a home he plans to build soon. Previously, Kidwell’s neighbors stood in opposition of his plan.
This decision came on the heels of a public hearing and vote on the issue during a council meeting on Oct. 15.