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Wayne State Police force welcomes newest member - A Rottweiler named Clyde

August 15, 2013

The Wayne State University Police force is gaining a new officer: a drug-detecting K9 named Clyde. The 110-pound, 23-month-old Rottweiler is anything but a mascot. Trained to protect his handler, the new addition to the force will be used to detect drugs during traffic stops. He also will help other departments with little or no K9 staffing, WSU Police Chief Anthony Holt said: "There's a shortage of dogs in the area. This will greatly assist us ... and also we'll be able to share with other law enforcement officers in the area our use of the K9." Holt added that a dog like Clyde would typically cost the department about $15,000. Clyde is the department's second K9, with an officer already trained in explosives. The department intends to add a second explosives-trained dog using grant money by year-end, Holt said.