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Four-Legged Officer to Join Tomahawk Police ForceSubmitted: 02/21/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


TOMAHAWK - People in Tomahawk can meet the newest member of the police force in late spring. But the new officer will be patrolling on four legs. The department plans to bring in a new canine unit.

They don't need to worry about the search for a handler. Three qualified officers want the job.

The department decided to invest in the canine to help officers out in a few important ways.

"The dog will certainly alert and see things an officer might miss during a search of a vehicle, or a canine alert for narcotics. As far as missing persons or that type of situation, I mean a dog could track them much faster, much quicker, than we can," says Detective John DuPlayee.

Chief Al Elvins says the community has responded well and made generous donations.

But they still have a way to go to reach their $45,000 goal.

People can buy a replica of the police department's patch for $5, or this collectors coin for $10.

To buy them, or to make a donation, people can stop by the department or mail a check.

Elvins wants to be able to introduce the dog to the community by June.

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