New canine teams join DPS crime fighting efforts
Pictured: Two of the newest troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety
On Friday, March 21, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) graduated two troopers and canines from a multi-week training program. These canine teams will join 41 other DPS teams stationed throughout Texas, including six explosive-detection teams stationed in Austin.
"The DPS canine program has been an indispensable law enforcement tool, responsible for taking ton quantities of drugs off Texas streets and detecting a wide range of criminal activity," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "These expertly trained troopers and dogs will enhance the department's ability to protect Texans and disrupt the flow of drugs into our communities."
Both dogs are Belgian Malinois and were acquired from the United States Department of Defense. One dog will be used for explosives detection and the other will be used for drug detection.
In 2013, DPS canine teams assisted in the seizure of approximately 14,470 pounds of marijuana, 455 pounds of cocaine, 16 pounds of heroin, 338 pounds of methamphetamine, 10 pounds of other drugs and $6.2 million in cash.