In recent years, the Springfield Police Department K-9 unit has been lacking in numbers, so they've been turning to state and neighboring police departments for assistance.
After state grant money and 16 weeks of training, these four dogs are now ready take to the streets of Springfield this Sunday. The will give the police department a total of seven K-9s.
For 17 years, Timothy Morrow has been a K-9 officer, and he told CBS 3 that having just one of these dogs is like having multiple officers on scene.
"A canine can easily handle the job of several officers in a given situation ... a building search ... an area search ... whether it's for a patient we're looking for, somebody involved in criminal activity. So, a dog can do what it might take several officers and several hours to do in a short period of time," Morrow said.
Police also told CBS 3 these K-9s are not just for fighting crime, but they will also bring these dogs to area schools and community events to help build relationships with residents.
The Springfield Police Department plans to add two more K-9s to the department this spring.
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