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Shelton police Officer Hector Diaz and K9 Tango begin patrol Sunday in the city.

SHELTON — The city’s first K9 unit starts patrol Sunday in Shelton.

Shelton Police Chief Darrin Moody said Officer Hector Diaz and sable German shepard K9 Tango begin their patrol routine Sunday night.

Tango comes to Shelton from Holland in The Netherlands.

Diaz and the 2-year-old Tango have been training at the K9 companion school in Centralia and graduated Friday.

The K9 unit is the result of the Shelton and Mason County community raising more than $20,000 to purchase the dog and equipment for the unit.

“Without the community we wouldn’t have the dog that we have today,” Moody told Jeff Slakey, host of the Daybreak show on iFIBER One News Radio KMAS 101.3 FM and 1030 AM.

Diaz will be the K-9’s main handler. Tango will act as a narcotics dog as well as a patrol dog, helping officers track down criminal suspects in hiding.

Moody said the department outfitted an existing patrol car for the new K-9. He said once the K-9 is done with formal training it will eventually become a dual-purpose dog for the police department.

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