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Illinois State Police get new police dog

PECATONICA, Ill. (AP) -

Illinois State Police in northern Illinois have a new recruit to help the agency fight crime: a police dog named Bodhi.

The Rockford Register Star reports that Bodhi and his handler recently completed an Illinois State Police Academy training program. The Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix was born in Czechoslovakia. State police used seized drug investigation money to buy him from a Kennel in Indiana. He joins state police District 16 in Pecatonica.

Capt. James Alexander says police dogs help officers with drug enforcement, tracking fugitives and finding missing persons.

Bodhi replaces Tazer, a police dog who recently retired because of health problems.

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