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IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ionia Department of Public Safety has its first four-legged officer.

He’s a 2-year-old German Shepherd named Blocker. He and his partner Officer Jennifer Skorka have been training in a vacant Eaton Rapids elementary school for two weeks.

Thursday, Skorka demonstrated how Blocker responds to commands to find drugs.

“They’ve trained to find marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine and ecstasy. So if they find marijuana, they’ll find hash. They find cocaine; they’ll find crack,” Skorka explained.

But Blocker is trained to sniff out more than drugs.

“He does patrol work and the patrol work is to find missing people,” Skorka said.

Missing people — and criminals on the run.

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