PRESTONSBURG – Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Prestonsburg City Police Department will add a new 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe to its fleet of patrol vehicles.
The USDA works to support the American economy to strengthen rural communities. Priority is given to low income communities having a median household income below 80 percent of the state’s non-metropolitan median household income.
As drugs continue to be a problem in Eastern Kentucky, a K9 officer trained to locate hidden drugs is a valuable resource to a small police department. Locally, K-9 officer Davis came to Prestonsburg in October 2015 and works with his partner and handler Kenneth Prater.
According to officials with the Prestonsburg City Police, Davis currently rides in a small K9 patrol car and is confined to a small space which is part of a divided area. The new Chevrolet Tahoe will provide Prater Davis much-needed space and equipment. The City of Prestonsburg has not confirmed a date when the new K9 unit will be available.
Davis is one of two K9 officers with the Prestonsburg City Police. Officer Nick Bingham is the handler for Storm, the city’s other K9 officer.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.