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Lamar County adds new K-9 Units

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The Lamar County Sheriff's Department recently added two Belgian Malinois to their force bringing their total number of k-9 units to six.

A variety of donors pitched in to cover the cost of the k-9 officers.

Along with being man’s best friend, the dogs are considered as dual-purpose. They are trained in tracking, narcotics detection and handler protection. The k-9s have even proven valuable in keeping contraband out of jails along with helping locate missing people.

“These dogs are invaluable, we had one, an apprehension the other day with a career criminal that had two handguns at the time of his arrest. The k-9 went in and made the apprehension that could have potentially saved the officers life,” said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

With the addition of the recent canines, each of the department’s patrols will include a k-9 unit. Rigel added that some sheriffs offices have placed less emphasis on their k-9 units, however to Lamar County, they are worth their weight in gold.

 

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