JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - There's a new 4-legged member of the Pascagoula Police Department.
His name is Tony and he's a 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd.
"To purchase the dog, get the officer trained and get the vehicle outfitted, runs us about somewhere around $25,000 per dog. And of course you have the upkeep of the dog the vets and food and stuff. But the return is well worth the expense," said Lt. Doug Adams with the Pascagoula Police Department.
After weeks of training, the pair can now be seen out patrolling Pascagoula.
Tony is Officer John Lynd's new partner, and his expertise is expected to help make the city safer.
"If their home is burglarized or somebody is robbed or anything and they take off we can track the suspect," said Officer Lynd. "Or if we stop a car with a wanted fugitive and he takes off running, I can release the dog and he can apprehend him at that time. The dog's nose is phenomenal, so he can track disturbances in the earth and narcotics so it just makes the city safer all the way around."
Tony joins three other K9 officers on the Pascagoula Police squad.