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Waco: Police Department restarts K-9 program

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Published: Jan. 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM CST
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The Waco Police Department has restarted its K-9 program after a temporary pause and revision.

The department paused the program after a police dog attacked his handler and would not obey commands to stop.

Officers had to shoot the dog, ending its life.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton said it affected many of the officers, especially those involved.

“We just look forward to getting this behind us and moving forward with our K-9 unit,” Swanton said.

“They're excited about getting them back out there, they [officers] know what they provide to their resources and it's a great program.”

A consultant reviewed the program and made several suggestions to the Waco Police Department regarding their K-9 Unit.

Swanton said they will be attending nationwide K-9 training. They will also be working with other police departments in McLennan County to provide them with K-9 training.

“One of the surprises that came from that report is that they actually said that they think we need to increase the size of K-9 unit for the size of Waco to meet the needs of our city,” Swanton said.

Swanton said the K-9 units are a very important part of the department’s team and they are excited to get them back on the streets.

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