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Tampa Bay new K9s to help fight crime

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

Several new K9 officers will join their human partners helping to fight crime in Tampa Bay area. They celebrated their graduation from a K9 training program this Thursday.

Six dogs finished a 4-month program that taught them basic obedience commands and bite and search work. They also practiced tracking and human odor response.

Pinellas deputies Brad Byers and Jacob Viano with "Hector" and "Chief," Hernando Deputy Jeff Andrews with "Valor," Tarpon Springs PD Officer Tommy Nguyen and "Dobies," Pinellas Park PD Officer Joshua Pringle and "Nyko," St. Petersburg PD Officer Jonathan Vazquez and "Ares" received their certificates of training completion at the PCSO K-9 compound in Pinellas Park.

All the dogs will be called for duty at their law enforcement agencies and will patrol the streets for a while. After that some of them will continue training in narcotics and explosive detection.

PCSO Deputy Byers and K9 Hector will start patrolling this Monday, Deputy Viano and K9 Chief will join them next Saturday.

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