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Former therapy dog joins Wayne State Police Department's K9 unit

Former therapy dog joins Wayne State Police Department's K9 unit

A 2-year-old Rottweiler named Clyde recently started a new phase of his career as the newest member of the WSU Police Department’s K9 unit.

Nationally certified in narcotics detection, Clyde was donated by the Macomb County-base substance abuse recovery organization Prevention Concepts.

“Typically a dog of this caliber would cost a police department about $15,000,” commented Chief of Police Anthony Holt. “Clyde is an important addition to our department and will be used primarily to detect drugs in traffic stops.”

Canines are in high demand by local police departments, so Clyde will be shared with other law enforcement agencies when needed. He is the second member of WSUPD’s K9 unit, which already includes an explosives and tracking dog.

Prior to joining the force, Clyde played a key role in substance abuse recovery for individuals working with counselors at Prevention Concepts.

“The sense of care, responsibility and accomplishment associated with the raising and training of canines like Clyde in a therapeutic setting has helped many people in their recovery,” said Prevention Concepts’ President Jason Foltz.