Lynn Haven Police Department welcomes two new four-legged officers

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Thursday was a day of training for the newest members of the Lynn Haven Police Department. A German Shepard named Marshall and a Belgian Malinois named Brother are training to sniff out narcotics.

One of the newest additions to the Lynn Haven Police Department, a Belgian Malinois named Brother. (WJHG/WECP)

Every Thursday, these four-legged officers train behind the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

"We're going over drug detection, searching for the odor of narcotics surrounding vehicles," Corporal Chris Meachum of the Lynn Haven Police Department said.

Weaving in and out of different cars and trailers, Marshall is learning to sniff out different drugs.

Bay County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Duggins said the dogs are sniffing out traces of meth, cocaine, and heroin.

The use of a dog when searching for narcotics can significantly cut down investigation time. Deputy Duggins said, for example, if you're searching through a pile of tires, it could take several people hours to uncover hidden drugs. If a trained dog is on the scene, it could take five minutes.

Both dogs will serve multiple purposes, eventually being certified in narcotics, tracking, and patrol, but it'll be a long journey to the finish line.

"Ideally, we're trying to prep them for the February time period," Deputy Duggins said.

Deputy Duggins also says the partnership between Lynn Haven and Bay County is a joint effort to make the public safer.

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