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Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )
A new drug detection team in Jerome is working to put a stop to drug–related crimes.
K-9 handler Jason Summers has been on the Jerome police force since 2011.
But now he has a new four–legged partner, Biz.
Summers notes, "It's been good, a lot of bonding with him and then of course our training."
Summers and Biz recently completed an intense 8 week class to prepare them for their experience on the street.
Says Summers, "Idaho requires 160 hours and through Utah we actually put in 320. He did everything that we taught him in training to do and it paid off."
The pair has seen success right from the start, on his very first day on the job Biz found half an ounce of methamphetamine, which resulted in an arrest.
Don Hall, Chief of Police in Jerome, adds, "There are a lot of advantages, the dog’s capabilities are so much greater than those of a human so the dog is able to smell things the officer would not be able to detect."
Biz uses his great sense of smell to detect a bag of drugs that has been planted in this car, signaling to Summers where to find it.
For over 10 years, the city's used k–9's.
During that time, three different dogs served the community.
Now, Biz is the pup in charge, working to get drugs off the streets in Jerome.
Says Hall, "It's a problem we've been dealing with for many years. We like to take proactive measures to deal with the drug problem and we want to create a safe environment for the citizens."
Making the city a safer place.