Cullman Police welcome 2 new canine partners

By Sherea Harris

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - The Cullman Police Department is reintroducing its K-9 unit.

Suki, a Belgian Malinois, and Drago, a German Shepard, are former military dogs.

They were donated by an Air Force base in Texas.

For the past 5 years, the police have relied on the Cullman County Sheriff's Office's K-9, which was only trained for drug searches.

The Cullman Police Department's new canines can do a lot more.

"These dogs will be dual trained," said Kenny Culpepper, Cullman Police Chief. "They can do drug searches, tracking, evidence recovery, apprehension."

"They can search a building a lot faster than even a five or six man team going through, and it's safer to send a dog in first," said Jason Mickle with the Cullman Police Department.

In 2 weeks, the dogs will be finished with training at a facility in Huntsville.

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