Five more canine units, a dog and handler, will be added to a force of 46 animals that help Texas Department of Public Safety troopers fight crime in the state.
The new canine teams completed an eight-week training program and graduated Friday. The dogs will join the Texas drug fighting effort, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“Illicit drugs are a substantial threat to public safety in our communities, and these specially–trained DPS Troopers and dogs are a part of the department’s efforts to detect and disrupt drug trafficking operations across the state,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Canine officers are a tremendous asset to the agency, and we are incredibly proud to add these five new teams to our ranks.”
Three of the dogs were obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense, and the other two were received through donations. This canine graduation class includes two German Shepherds, a Dutch Shepherd, a Belgian Malinois and a Wirehaired Vizsla.
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So far in 2016, DPS canine teams assisted in the seizure of approximately 5,000 pounds of marijuana, 90 pounds of cocaine, 63 pounds of heroin, 191 pounds of methamphetamine, and $3.6 million in cash.