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BPD Canine Handlers demonstrate at focus meeting

The Bloomington Police Department is giving residents a sense of what working with a canine is all about.

At Wednesday nights BPD focus meeting, Officer Widmer and Shively gave a canine demonstration. The two dogs, Rosco and Lex, showed the attendees how they attack and search for drug paraphernalia. Both officers said their job is great because after each shift, their canine goes home with them.

"He's my partner, he's my best friend," said Officer Jeff Widmer, BPD Canine Handler of Rosco. "Always coming and going together, and it's just a blast, it's fun." Lex's Canine Handler, Officer Justin Shively added, "It's like driving around with a partner. You know, a human partner every single day."

The canine handlers get their dogs when they are 1 year to 15 months old. The dogs retire, and live permanently at home with their handlers when they are about 10-years-old.

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