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New K-9 officers join Beaverton Police Department
The Beaverton Police Department will really have a leg up on crime next month.
Make that eight legs.
Two newly minted K-9 officers will begin training with human partners in January.
Veteran officers Jared Lutu and Matt Barrington will become the agencys newest handlers.
Lutu, a 9-year police officer, is partnering with K-9 Officer Toa. Barrington, a 7-year officer, will handle K-9 Officer Atlas.
Both German shepherds are nearly 2 years old and were purchased from a breeder in Indiana, according to police spokesman Officer Jeremy Shaw.
The human and canine officers will start formal training next month and begin their careers as tracking teams, Shaw said.