AYNOR, SC (WMBF) - One year ago, the Aynor Police Department received at $25,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The Aynor Police Department put most of that grant towards a canine unit, consisting of one officer named Daisy, and her ride - a Dodge Charger that's equipped with a special cooling unit to keep her safe when it's hot outside.
She's furry, playful and about two-and-a-half years old. Daisy uses her keen sense of smell to make drug busts. Before Daisy, the town of Aynor relied primarily on narcotics canines from Horry County and the Drug Enforcement Unit Office.
"Daisy has been utilized very well within the town limits, and also in addition to assisting other agencies in the local area," says Aynor Police Chief Dwight Thompson. Daisy is a Belgian Malinois, and while she may be friendly, she also knows how to get down to work.
"Daisy can take care of business," Chief Thompson says. "She is very well-trained, and she's been very beneficial in the job she does in the town of Aynor."
These days, Daisy spends her time roaming the streets, tackling drug problems in her town. But it's not all drug busts and arrests - Daisy is the station's sweetheart, something kids pick up on.
"We have tours through the police department and town hall, and the children would much rather see Daisy than they had me," Chief Thompson continues. "Because everyone loves a friendly dog, and we're very fortunate in that we have a very well trained canine that's very efficient in the job she does in drug detection, but she is also very mild mannered and children love her very much.
Chief Thompson says right now there are no plans to add to the canine unit in Aynor - Daisy has it covered.