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A Dozen Canine Teams Join Ranks Of State Police

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A dozen dogs - along with their human handlers - are joining the ranks of the Michigan State Police.

The department said that 12 canine teams graduated Friday from its Basic Canine School. The graduating class brings the total number of canine teams to 49, the highest ever.

The new teams consist of eight new teams and four replacements. In replacement teams, a veteran handler trains with a new partner to replace a retiring canine.

The department says its Canine Unit responds to about 5,600 calls a year. Teams are placed throughout the state.

The training lasts 14 weeks. It includes tracking and searches, as well as drug, cadaver and explosives detection.

Troopers must have served at least two years on the force to be eligible.

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