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Powell Police Dept. Introduces its New K9 officer
POWELL (Tara Morgan) -- A new four-legged crime fighter has joined the police force.
Axel is a 14 month old German Shepherd.
Powell police have been wanting to add a K9 since 2008.
"But as the economy got tough we're all trying to reduce our spending cost certainly increasing a new program didn't seem possible," said Powell Chief Gary Vest.
Chief Vest says the Citizens Police Academy Alumni and children from Wyondot Run Elementary and Big Hearts Little Hands day care raised the nearly $13,000 to put Axel on the force.
Axel specializes in narcotics and patrol.
"Right now I think heroin is still a strong drug in this area and certainly marijuana is available just about anywhere in the country," said Axel's handler, Officer Jason Latiolais.
Chief Vest says before Axel, the department would get help from other K9 units from the Delaware County Sheriff's office and city police as well as Genoa Township, Dublin and Hilliard Police.
Powell can now return the favor with Axel.