The Danville Police Department now has a K9 unit on all three patrol shifts because of the generosity of a resident.
Department of Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said Lesko, a three-year-old German shepherd, started his full-time duty with the police department last week.
Lesko is nationally certified in narcotic and other police work and has been partnered with Danville police Officer Joshua Webb.
Thomason said Lesko will be used to combat drug activities, track in search situations where an offender is being pursued and help in aggressive situations.
The $10,500 donation was made in September, Thomason said. According to Thomason, the donor – who wanted to remain anonymous – explained that he wanted to give back to the community, because it had been good to him and that he wanted to assist the K9 program as past donors have.