SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane Police Department received a new K9 in April but KREM 2 News learned the cost for a new police dog is steep.
Officers said a police K9 can do the job of five officers in some circumstances.
According to police, K9’s are a financial investment that can cost from $6,000 to $12,000. Police added that is just a fraction of what a starting officer makes a year.
A K9 named Axel is the fifth K9 for the Spokane Police Department. He is only 2 years old.
The dogs and their training each cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. Sergeant Shawn Kendal said it is an investment in the safety of the public.
With the numbers crunched, the average cost for a dog to the City is less than $1,000 per year that they are working.
“We try to get the dogs young, around two or three. A good career for a dog is working until they are about 10 years old,” said Kendal.
Police said that career is filled with jobs that help conserve resources, time and save money.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said they spend around $10,000 on their K9’s.
The cost for both the agencies includes training for the dog.