The Department has eleven canine teams. Ten of these teams (two are assigned to Ajo) are dual-purpose canines used for patrol purposes and narcotics detection. The remaining canine team was funded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and is strictly a bomb detection canine. This bomb detecting dog was raised in the “Puppies Behind Bars” program and trained by inmates. The Bomb Squad canine has been deployed to several large scale events such as two Super Bowls and the Fiesta Bowl. Many of the canines are purchased through various grant funding sources.
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