FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Four K9 officers and their dogs graduated from the K9 training program Friday in Fort Wayne.
One officer from Fort Wayne, one from New Haven, and two from Ohio have spent the last 14 weeks doing vigorous training with their dogs.
The dogs will be used for incidents such as sniffing out drugs, and locating people. The officers said they have to think of the animals as fellow officers and tools, but they still consider them family.
"It's a tough thing because you've got to be careful to realize they're a tool, and they're not a pet, and it sometimes can be tough to keep it separate," said Sheriff Steven Towns of Williams County, Ohio.
Fort Wayne currently has 11 K9 officers, and is looking to add two more after the first of the year.