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Sep 22, 2016 12:56 PM

2 K-9s coming to NH prisons to sniff out contraband

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Corrections recently announced that a new K-9 unit will be established to the assist the Department in their efforts to combat the introduction of contraband in state prisons.

The Governor and Executive Council authorized the expenditure of $74,440 to implement the unit on Wednesday. The department was awarded a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Justice to the NHDOC K-9 Unit.

The funding will allow the department to acquire two trained and certified dogs by the New Hampshire State Police in order to detect drugs and cellphones.

“The trained canines will enable the search of any inmate housing area within our correctional facilities to include the mail room and the visiting room," said NHDOC Commissioner William L. Wrenn. "They will also assist Probation/Parole Officers who search the residences of offenders under their supervision to detect illicit drugs.”

Two Correctional Investigators have been chosen to be in charged of the K-9's. Both employees and the dogs will begin a nine-week training in early October. The dogs will be selected next week.

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