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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The Miami Beach Police Department is selecting a new four-legged officer to join their force.

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Several K-9’s were tested with handlers on Wednesday afternoon to ensure a proper fit for the department.

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Miami Beach Police say they are looking for a dual purpose dog for criminal apprehension and bomb detection.

“This is an incredible tool that we handle on a daily basis,” said Capt. Henry Doce. “These dogs are used into building searches, area searches; we’re constantly looking for criminal subjects that flee from the police that have committed violent crimes, so they’re also used in either bomb sweeps or narcotic sweeps as well.”

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After the dog is selected, the new member of the force will start an intense six month training period.