Flash the police dog hopes to win $5,000 Hometown Heroes Grant
The Putnam County's Sheriff's Office is asking people to vote for their favorite police dog - Flash.
A contest run by The Hometown Foundation helps law enforcement agencies and their K-9 units who have embodied the principles of honor, respect, pride and demonstrated compassion for their community.
Putnam Deputy Sheriff Randal Hill says Flash is a tracking dog who has a great nose for detecting different scents. Flash is also extremely helpful in deescalating situations during which people are trying to harm themselves.
The winners will receive $5,000 in equipment for the K-9 unit. If they win, Sheriff Randal Hill says the department will use the money to buy thermal imaging cameras.
Public voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28. Your first vote is free. Additional votes cost $1, and the Hometown Foundation says every dollar raised will benefit its Police K-9 Program.