MILTON, Ga. – The Milton Police Department held its inaugural golf tournament May 1 and raised about $23,000 for the purchase of a new canine officer.
“I’m very happy with the turnout and am grateful for the support of the community,” Milton Community Outreach Officer Ara Baronian said. “We had over 30 businesses contribute to the event, donating prizes and sponsoring holes.”
One hundred and fourteen golfers participated in the scramble-style tournament held at the Echelon Golf Club in Alpharetta.
Milton resident and Kicks 101.5 morning radio personality Cadillac Jack emceed the event and said he was grateful to the Milton Police for the job they do.
The money raised will go to cover the cost of the tournament and will fund the purchase, training and equipment for the department’s new K-9 officer.
“We haven’t picked a dog yet,” Baronian said. “We’re looking at a Belgian Malinios or German Shepherd who both specialize in tracking, apprehension and narcotic detection.”
The dog will require about six weeks of training with a partner who, Baronian said, hasn’t been determined.
“We are in the application process and have several officers interested,” he said.
Police Chief Deborah Harrell was on hand to help out with the tournament.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Officer Baronian’s success in putting this tournament together and of the citizen support demonstrated by all involved,” she said.
Baronian said the event was such a success the department is planning to hold another one next year.