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Holyoke police introduce new K-9 officer

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HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

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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