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New canine teams join DPS crime-fighting efforts

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The Texas Department of Public Safety says that five troopers and canines graduated Friday from an intensive eight-week training program. These canine teams will join the other 39 DPS teams stationed throughout Texas. That includes the six explosives-detection teams currently stationed in Austin.

"The DPS canine program has been integral in removing ton quantities of drugs off Texas streets and detecting criminal activity," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "The skills these newly trained troopers and dogs possess make them a force multiplier in protecting Texans and helping keep drugs out of our communities."

The dogs for the program were acquired from private individuals, shelters, rescue groups and the Department of Defense. This canine graduation class includes two Labrador Retrievers, two Belgian Malinois and one Portuguese Water Dog, and they will all be used for drug detection. (A Labrador/Border Collie mix also graduated, and will be assigned to an existing handler.)

DPS canine teams have an excellent track record, assisting in the seizure of approximately 22,000 pounds of pot, 535 pounds of cocaine, 69 pounds of heroin, 198 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of other drugs, and $11.2million in cash in 2012 alone.

Congratulations to the troopers and dogs involved for their success.

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