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Tualatin Police Department gets new canine handler

The Tualatin Police Department welcomed Officer Eric French as its newest certified canine handler this week, it announced Friday afternoon.

French has been working with Zoey, a police K-9, since November. But the department officially welcomed French to duty on Thursday, according to a news release.

Zoey is a 4-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever. She is a drug-sniffing dog and will be used "solely as a detection canine during drug investigations or incidents where there is suspicion of drug possession," police said.

Zoey and her handler will be working like dogs in Tualatin. The K-9 team is currently assigned to work from noon to midnight Mondays through Fridays, as well as being available on-call.