Holyoke police are adding a four-legged officer to their ranks, introducing a new K-9 officer to their department.
The department hasn't had a K-9 on the force in more than a decade.
Friday they re-introduced their first K-9 officer, Ryker.
He spent the past 600 hours and 20 weeks training with Officer Matthew Welch.
Chief of Police, James Neiswanger says the K-9s will help curb drug crimes in the Paper City.
"We're trying to stop the drug trade that goes on in the city of Holyoke, there's a significant amount of it. Ryker and his other partners that are soon to join behind him, that's a part of the equation in dealing with those issues," Neiswanger said.
Police are in the process of getting two more dogs.
The second K-9 is expected to be added this Spring.
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