Last updated: March 06. 2014 12:53PM - 1730 Views
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The Russellville Police Department welcomes one of its newest police officers to the department, only this one walks on all fours and is covered with fur.

“Jaxx” will be serving the department as the new drug enforcement dog. His handler officer Chris Bellar says he is quite the individual, and although he is young, he is eager.

Bellar has been with the RPD for the past four years, however, being a K-9 officer is new to him as well. Bellar said he decided last year to enter into Advanced Canine Training because of his love for animals and what they can add to law enforcement.

“I’ve always been a huge animal lover,” said Bellar. “My dog recently died and it broke my heart, but now I get to spend time with Jaxx, and I must admit, I have gotten pretty close to him over the last few months.

Police dogs serve a number of years in the department and live with their handlers, who consider themselves partners. A special bond develops between a K-9 officer and his dog. When the dog is retired, handlers usually have the opportunity to adopt them.

“If I ever have the opportunity to adopt Jaxx someday, I certainly will,” said an already attached Bellar.

Jaxx is trained and responsible for field work in narcotics search as well as apprehension. So far he has been doing an excellent job with the RPD and through his help has located numerous illegal drugs.

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