Thanks to a new police program in Cheney it’ll soon be easier and faster for officers to find missing people or track down criminals.
Members of the Cheney Police Department arrived at Spokane International Airport just before noon Friday to officially greet their newest rookie officer … April the bloodhound.
“It’s uncommon in the state of Washington, there’s only two agencies in the state that I know have done it so far, one in a suburb of Seattle, the other in Chelan County has done this,” Cheney Police Chief Jeff Sale said.
The Cheney Police Department has been knocking around the idea of adding a bloodhound to its force for about two years and thanks to the generosity of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina the city of Cheney now has one more officer on the job.
April is the department’s first K-9 in a decade and as a bloodhound she’s specifically bred to track people, usually in a rural setting, so it’ll be an experience to have her training in a urban setting like a college town.
“The bloodhound is a non-aggressive animal. It wont bite, it just wants to find you and when it finds you it’s more likely to lick or get hair and slobber on you is the worst it’s gonna do so for our setting in a college down that’s more ideal for us, a non-aggressive dog,” Chief Sale said.
Chief Sale says April will stay in Cheney until she’s about one, then she’s be sent back to South Carolina to finalize her training after which she’ll be available any agency in Spokane County.