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Drug detection dog will now aid law enforcement agencies throughout the county

COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE PHOTO - Odin and his handler, Columbia County Sheriffs Deputy Derek Hibbs, were recently certified in narcotics detection. The duo will now be able to assist law enforcement agencies on calls involving drug possession or trafficking.There's a new dog in town at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Odin, a trained and newly certified canine deputy, will now join the crew at CCSO, primarily as a drug detection dog.

Odin and his handler, CCSO Deputy Derek Hibbs, recently passed certification standards for narcotics detection.

That means the duo will now be deployed to help sniff out and stomp out drugs in the county.

Odin marks the second canine addition to the CCSO roster. Lars, another canine used by deputies, is a highly skilled dog used primarily to track and detain suspects.

"It will be a great supplement to law enforcement in Columbia County to have Odin and Deputy Hibbs certified in drug detection," Lt. Brian Pixley with CCSO, stated via email. "This addition means that Columbia County now has two different options for drug detection (Lars is also a trained drug detection canine). Odin and his handler Deputy Hibbs will be placed on a patrol shift and made available to the law enforcement agencies in the county to use as needed."

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