The Flint police department is expanding its K9 division.
The specially trained dogs are used to track suspects and find illegal drugs.
Flint police chief Tim Johnson credits his department’s four-legged officers with helping reduce crime in the city. Johnson says the dogs do things two-legged officers can’t.
“Let’s face it, even when it comes to tracking a suspect that has committed a crime, and gotten away before we had a chance to get in pursuit of him, a dog it enables us to track him,” says Johnson.
The FBI says Flint’s violent crime rate dropped 14% last year.