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Kennewick Police introduce new patrol dog

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Kennewick Police introduced the newest member of their force Monday. He's a two-year-old German Shepherd named Axel.

He just completed three months of training with K-9 Officer Brad Kohn and they're now patrolling together. A ten thousand dollar donation to the KPD Foundation made it possible to pay for the dog. Axel's duties are to catch suspects and find items. He's also part of the SWAT team.

"Track suspects, bad guys, people that commit crimes, the people that we're looking for that left a scene on foot, we're clearing a building, his job is essentially to make it safer for the citizens, safer for the officers on the road," says Kohn.

A Kennewick Police patrol dog typically goes out on about three hundred calls a year.