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Forest Co. Canine Unit in full forceSubmitted: 08/02/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


CRANDON - Police officers can always use more help keeping drugs out of their communities. The Forest County Sheriff's Department has a new member, who will do just that. But this officer works on four legs.

Buster joined the department last winter. He and his K-9 handler Bill Hujet trained for months to work together. They've been teammates since the beginning of the year. Hujet says Buster has already been a big help.

"In a lot of traffic stops when I talk to the people they will tell me right out if they have drugs or not in the car, where before that wouldn't happen. But because I have the dog they will hand stuff over that they wouldn't have told (me about). Or in a lot of cases I have had him search cars and he has found a lot of drugs," says Hujet.

Hujet says people in town have been welcoming and enthusiastic about the new officer.

Buster is a patrol and drug dog. That means he can help find most drugs, search for people, and chase suspects.

The Sheriff's Department is holding a fundraising golf-scramble August 17. The entire K-9 Unit has been funded by a grant and community support.



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