UT Police get first police dogs

9:48 am | August 12, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee’s police department has bought two dogs which are trained to detect explosives.

In a news release Monday, the university said the Belgian Malinois (MAL’-in-wah) dogs are trained to sniff out several types of explosives and will be used at many special events on the Knoxville campus.

UT Police Chief Troy Lane said the university wants as many tools as possible to protect the campus community.

The dogs are Bira, who is 18 months old, and Tica, who is 17 months old. They were purchased from Iron Heart High Performance Working Dogs in Shawnee, Kan.

The department recently sent two officers for several weeks of training with their two new canine partners.

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