Three more K-9 deputies now in Cochise County - Tucson News Now

Three more K-9 deputies now in Cochise County

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Cochise County Sheriff's Department now has four K-9 deputies to help take a bite out of crime.

Until now CCSO has only had one K-9 deputy, but thanks to private donations, the department has been able to bring in three Belgian Malinois to assist deputies sniff out drugs and look for criminals.

Sheriff Mark Dannels says with more than 80 miles of international border along Cochise County, the dogs will also be an asset to other agencies, "we've relied on other agencies to bring a k-9 into traffic stops which is a daily occurrence being by the border. Having this resource will be a huge help to our patrol operation. It also helps the smaller agencies in our county where now we can start paying that benefit back."

The cost of the new K-9 Units and two new vehicles as well as equipment is about $140,000.

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