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MARQUETTE — It has been one year since the Marquette Police Department doubled their K9 reinforcements, and the crime fighters are making a difference. Frodo and Scud joined the department after the community stepped up to raise $30,000.
They work during the day and overnight and are capable of detecting ecstasy, marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. The dogs are also trained to take down and restrain fleeing suspects. They’ve been dispatched to about 190 calls in the last year, according to Officer Todd Collins, who works with Scud.
“I personally believe that the drug crime has gone down here in Marquette city. I think it’s definitely made an impact on the city for the better, having both dogs,” said Collins.
The dogs and their handlers went through 200 hours of training before they hit the streets. The training continues every week. The K9s practice skills, like searching, for a minimum of 16 hours a month.