Monies provided for replacement of New Smyrna Beach drug-sniffing K9 'Buddy'


Headline Surfer video and photos / Though drug-sniffing dog Buddy has retired due to health issues, he still gets to see his former human partner Bruce Holcomb at home. And soon, Holcomb will have a new four-legged K9 and Buddy a new friend, thanks to a $10,000 donation .

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- New Smyrna Beach k9 cop Buddy took a bite out of crime many times over in his four years of service with canine partner Bruce Holcomb. 

But Buddy had to be retired last month and soon Holcomb will get a new four-legged partner.

William Mead, executive director of People for Drug Free Youth, presented newly-sworn Police Chief George Markert a $10,000 check toward the purchase of a new police patrol dog at Tuesday night's City Commission meeting.

Last month, K9 officer Bruce Holcomb was forced to retire Canine Buddy from service due to health problems. Holcomb and Buddy served the community as a patrol and narcotics detection canine team. Buddy will remain with Holcomb through his retirement.

The police department will be searching for a new canine partner for Holcomb through several police dog vendors, NSBPD spokesman Master Sgt. Eugene Griffith said.

The new canine is expected to cost $10,000 to $14,000.

But thanks to the PFDFY, such a puyrchase is now viable.

People for Drug Free Youth is a non-profit organization that has operated a thrift store at 1431 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. The organization has helped youth organizations through community partnerships that address the issue of drugs for more than 26 years.

The police department has received assistance from PFDFY for two decades with their Drug Awareness and Resistance Education program and the previous purchases of several police dogs.


Buddy was purchased on June 25, 2008, at a cost of $10,000 and assigned to
Officer Holcomb, according to a purchasing order confirmed through a public records request with the New Smyrna Beach City Clerk's Office.

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At far left is Buddy, New Smyrna Beach PD's drug-sniffing dog, who has retired fuill-time to the residence of his human partner, canine cop Bruce Holcomb. Soon Holcomb will get another K9 and that means Buddy will have another friend, too. 

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