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New K-9 officers join Beaverton Police Department

SUBMITTED PHOTO - K-9 Officer Atlas will work with partner Officer Matt Barrington.

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 agency’s 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.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - K-9 Officer Toa will partner with handler Officer Jerad Lutu.