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Woodville brings back K-9 unit after years without

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WOODVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Woodville Police Department has added a new officer, but this one walks on four legs.

Raider is the newest member of the K-9 unit. He's a black Dutch Shepherd from Belgium.

Police Chief Roy Whitehead says one of his officers suggested the department get its K-9 unit back about two years ago. They haven't had one since 2006. The officer asked Chief Whitehead if the department raised the money, would he be okay with it. The chief, of course, said yes.

The department mailed letters to residents to see if they would sponsor the initiative. Whitehead says they raised $5,000 in just a few weeks. Area businesses then donated, giving the department a total of $15,000.

Chief Whitehead says Raider is well worth it.

"He will be able to track all types of narcotics," he said. "He will be able to track fleeing subjects and even missing children."

Raider is being trained now, and as long as everything goes well, the department is hoping to have him on the streets by the third week of May.

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