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Central Falls swears in new K-9 "officer"

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By Melissa Randall

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Over the years dozens of police officers have been sworn into their roles by the mayors of Central Falls, but Thursday's ceremony at City Hall was special. Axel, the 6-year-old Belgium Malinois is the first K-9 appointed to the position since 1999.

"It's good to have him with me. He's an extra set of ears and eyes," said Officer Joseph DeChristoforo, the dogs' new handler.

Central Falls had to get rid of their K-9 unit nearly 15 years ago due to budget cuts.

"When word of a trained K-9 looking for a new home came to us we decided, collectively, to seize the unique opportunity," said Col. James Mendonca.

Axel already has a few years under his belt. He came to Central Falls from the Newport Police Department where he fought crime since he was a young pup. Now he will continue to do so alongside his new partner.

Axel will also be called in for special assignments like crowd control, searches and missing persons.

"We're going to have a dog that does things human beings can't go through tight areas obviously they run a lot faster than we do so beware the criminal that runs on us," said Col. Mendonca.

The $3,000 dollars needed to bring Axel to the department was paid for by donations.

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