Columbiana Police Chief Tim Gladis says his department has no need for a drug dog, and we believe he is in the position to know.
Gladis, who is a certified K-9 handler, admits that Columbiana has not completely escaped the scourge of drug abuse, but he feels continued participation on the county Drug Task Force is the answer, not a K-9 unit.
The chief recently told city council, "at this point in time it would be hard to keep a dog busy than say some of the surrounding areas ... having one would certainly be a benefit, however, I cannot justify to you the cost of having one versus the benefits."
At least six drug dogs have been obtained by departments in our area and sometimes we find it difficult to see how the other small communities justify their expense.
It's good that Gladis
is able to recognize that the drug task force presence, for which county commissioners pay $20,000 of the cost, is a more effective weapon in the war against drugs.
We applaud him for his
common sense approach and his
display of fiscal responsibility with taxpayers' money.