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Lamar County adds new K-9 Units

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

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

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

Along with being man’sbest friend, the dogs are considered as dual-purpose. They are trained intracking, narcotics detection and handler protection. The k-9s have even provenvaluable in keeping contraband out of jails along with helping locate missingpeople.

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

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

 

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