Columbus police department added a new K-9 to its team

It is no surprise to many that labor shortages affect all sectors

COLUMBUS, Ms. (WCBI) – It is no surprise to many that labor shortages are hitting all sectors. Retailers, restaurants and even first aid services are looking for people to take positions. Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton has been trying to add depth to the CPD team for some time and recently added a new piece to the team.

The Columbus Police Department has hired outside the state to find its newest employee. Bubba is a two-year-old German Shepherd from Denver, Indiana; taking him to a friendly town requires additional help and training.

“I toured the community you know asking for donations and the city also helped, so we went there, took Bubba and went back to the Senatobia, Mississippi, and started training through the Mississippi Law Enforcement Association,” said K-9 leader Nicholas. Heirston.

Hairston was in the Senate with Bubba for eight weeks of training, where K-9 learned how to track and identify drugs by smell.

Harston thought his new partner would be a real asset to the department.

“The beetle plays a big role, it’s like a multiplier of power, its presence can neutralize a situation before it starts, only when he’s there,” Hearston said.

The Columbus Police Department currently does not have 17 full-time staff; however, Chief Shelton felt that adding Bubba would not only help in the search, but would also offer an extra hand to Officer Hairston.

“Officer Hearston has a backup with him in the car, and it’s as if someone else is there. “We have a shortage of manpower, but we make it work every day,” Shelton said.

Shelton and Herston were grateful for all the donations that helped bring Bubba to his new home.

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