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New K-9 joins the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office
SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- The Santa Rosa Sheriffs Office has a new member joining their force.
The canine deputy came all the way from Germany to join patrol.
"Currently the sheriffs department has four patrol dogs and one narcotic dog. They just added Narco here to the mix."
Narco is a two year old Belgium Malinois and yes he's actually from Germany.
Deputies say dogs from Europe have a strong blood line and the breed was made for police work.
Roman Jackson "They are more agile and they're able to get over fences easier and go into tunnels and ditches and things like that.. a lot easier than a traditional big Shepherd ."
Ashley Baker knows first hand how beneficial the K-9 unit can be...
Ashley Baker "Somebody tried to break in my house one time and the cops came and they brought a dog with them and they gave him certain things to smell and they found the person, so that was really cool."
The dogs can cost anywhere from 8 to 10-thousand dollars. Deputies say they are worth every penny.
"They are a good support system and do the job of say two to three men at one time when it comes to searching a building and they are used at traffic stops to find narcotics and that's very handy of course."
Cindy Hartsell "Especially with all the wooded areas in Santa Rosa. I mean there are places people can't go, but the dogs can."
Narco is finishing a 400-hour course before he's certified.
"Hopefully Narco here will start on the force next week.