The Chelan County Regional Justice Center is holding two fundraisers to help cover the costs of a K9 team that will begin in the facility in November.

Jail Director Chris Sharp says it's part of a three-pronged approach to combat drugs getting into the building.

"The one thing about K-9 programs is there's not a lot of funding in your budget for it, so we really rely on the community to support the program and to help us get it going. Obviously getting it off the ground is a little more expensive at the beginning."

The only other city or county jail with a K9 program is in Pierce County.

Sharp says the dog will not inspect people, but instead investigate cells when the inmates are outside.

One of the programs to stop contraband from entering the jail is a mail scanner which has already caught more than 200 items.

Deputy Jacob Lewis was selected as the officer who will partner with whatever dog they get.

"The plan is to be utilized within the community assisting other agencies when needed. Unfortunately right now, with the exception of the State Patrol on occasion, there's only one other narcotics K-9 in the area and that's with the Sheriff's Office. Having a 3rd definitely will assist with those issues."

It's unclear what breed they will get, but Lewis says it's most likely to be a lab/retriever mix.

Lewis says he will be at Earthwise Pet Saturday from 9-1 for a meet and greet.

To support the program, you can buy a t-shirt, or donate to a GoFundMe page.

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