GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Meet Gautier's newest police officer. He is only 2-years-old, and his name is Justice.
"We had several names to pick from, but that was the one that was more catchy to us," said Capt. Jerry Cooksey.
Police say they paid $8,500 to add Justice to their crime fighting force.
"We were able to purchase Justice with asset forfeiture funds that is seized money from drug seizures," said Cooksey.
The K9 is currently training with his new handler, Patrolman Stephen Richardson.
"He is basically your partner. When you are out there, you have to know what he is doing, how he is working and watch how he is alerting and what he is looking for and you are looking for," said Richardson.
After Justice is highly trained and focused for the force, he will be ready to fight crime and smell for drugs in Gautier.
"We are also going to use him on the interstate and in neighborhoods anywhere. From large amounts of dope or illegal drugs traveling down the interstate, to small amounts in our city streets and neighborhoods. Yes, drugs are a problem in every city. The problem is detection. You may believe that this man has drugs on them, but locating them is the other part of the problem," said Cooksey.
As Justice does his best to sniff out crime, police say they're excited and committed to work with this K9 to make Gautier a safer place to live.
Justice will replace the department's previous K9 Rocko who died last year after developing an aggressive cancer.