Hillside police count on help from K-9s following budget cuts

SUMMIT - The K-9 unit is being brought back for Hillside police officers to help fill a void created by budget cuts. Officer Michael Flowers tells News 12 New Jersey that it has been more than 30 years since Hillside had a K-9 unit, so the police chief decided to restart the program in order to help with cuts from the force.

The Hillside dogs should be patrolling the streets in about four months. Hillside's program is being funded through federal funds, but it is asking the public for food donations. Most police dogs cost about $6,000 and come from overseas. Most police departments say they believe it is worth the cost.

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