BANDON - The Bandon Police Department has received a $7,000 grant from the Three Rivers Foundation to help pay for a new narcotics K9 officer.

Bandon Police Chief Bob Webb and officer Jordan Waddington attended the Three Rivers Foundation luncheon held on Feb. 22 at the Three Rivers Casino and Resort to accept the grant. The funds will support the Narcotics K9 Fund. Three Rivers Foundation, established by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians as the giving arm of its Three Rivers Casino Resort, announced gifts to 24 nonprofit organizations in the Tribe’s service district areas.

This grant money will be used for the purchase and training of the narcotics K9 and specific training with the dog for Waddington, who will be the dog's handler.

"We know illegal drugs are transported up and down U.S. Highway 101 on a daily basis," Webb said. "This means, unfortunately, they’re being transported right through our community every day. We know with a K9 officer on our team, we will be able to stop the flow of drugs through our wonderful small community."

The Three Rivers Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. During this gifting cycle, the Foundation received over 150 grant proposals form nonprofits located in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane and Lincoln counties, as well as many communities throughout Oregon.