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News Release

November 16, 2012

Newly Trained Canine Teams Will Join Drug Fighting Efforts

AUSTIN – Five Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and canines graduated today from an 11-week training program and will soon be stationed around the state. They will join 35 other canine teams stationed throughout Texas, including six explosive detector teams stationed in Austin.

“The DPS canine program has achieved remarkable success in helping interdict drugs across the state of Texas. These dogs are also used to patrol the Capitol complex when needed to search for explosive devices,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The dogs and their handlers serve a vital role in the DPS battle against criminal elements in the state of Texas and help keep drugs off the streets and out of our neighborhoods.”

The canines for the program are acquired from private individuals, shelters, rescues and the Department of Defense. All of the canines that graduated today will be used for drug detection – four Labrador Retrievers and one German Shepherd.

In 2011, DPS canine teams assisted in the seizure of approximately 60,000 pounds of marijuana, 750 pounds of cocaine, 110 pounds of heroin, 130 pounds of methamphetamine, 80 pounds of other drugs, and millions of dollars in cash.

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