University of Arizona PD adds four-legged officer to the force - Tucson News Now

University of Arizona PD adds four-legged officer to the force

Trigger! (Source: Tucson News Now) Trigger! (Source: Tucson News Now)
Trigger will be sworn in by the University of Arizona Police Department on Thursday. (Source: Tucson News Now) Trigger will be sworn in by the University of Arizona Police Department on Thursday. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new four-legged officer will soon be hitting Tucson's streets.

The University of Arizona Police Department will hold a ceremony Thursday to swear in their newest narcotics K-9.

Trigger, a two-year-old chocolate lab, spent a year learning how to detect marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin and cocaine.

His handler is part of an undercover narcotics task force and said “he’s basically assigned to Tucson. We can go anywhere from south Tucson, north, west to east. Tucson unfortunately is a drug destination.”

Trigger comes at a cost to taxpayers thanks to his training - $9,700.

However, UAPD police say the investment is worth every penny.

The K-9’s nose will help local police save time and resources when trying to figure out if drugs are involved in a case.

“It takes us off the street and it takes other people to the location to secure the scene," his handler said. "But that takes us officers away from other parts of town that might need them more.”

Trigger will be sworn in at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the UAPD station located on Campbell and First.

“Obviously you can see that he is excited,” his handler said.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate and meet the new hire.

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