FAIRHAVEN — The Fairhaven Police Department announced in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon that it will be starting its own K-9 Division.

A Labrador Retriever handled by Officer Jillian Jodoin will help find missing people, track suspects, and detect drugs like heroin and fentanyl, among other duties.

The new K-9 will also offer both officers and citizens comfort after a traumatic incident, according to the announcement.

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In the coming days the department will select a pup from a New England Labrador Retriever breeder who specializes in police K-9s.

The four-legged officer will then be sent on a vigorous ten-week training program with Jodoin at the Bristol County Sheriff's Office starting Sept. 27.

"We also look forward to offering our K9 services to neighboring communities," the statement read.

The department will be setting up a Facebook page for its newest addition.

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