MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The Miami Beach Police Department is selecting a new four-legged officer to join their force.READ MORE: 'I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight,' Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz On Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct During South Florida Event
Several K-9’s were tested with handlers on Wednesday afternoon to ensure a proper fit for the department.READ MORE: Saturday's 'Second Dose' Event To Focus On Importance Of COVID Vaccine To Communities Of Color
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.”MORE NEWS: Survey: Anxiety Builds For Workers As Return To Office Seems Imminent
After the dog is selected, the new member of the force will start an intense six month training period.