Dios is already working on campus, but will spend about 80 percent of his time working with the community with his designated handler, Officer Justin Watson. Only about 20 percent of Dios’ time will be spent on training and response to police calls, according to UPD Chief Tim Potts.
"As far as our department, we are excited for the K-9 team to return to campus," Potts said.
Dios answers all drug complaints while on duty, and will be used to help assist Oxford Police Department and Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.
The new K-9 officer will also be used during athletic events, but not for crowd control. Rather, he will be used only for detecting contraband.
Dios and Officer Watson will do demonstrations for the community and help strengthen the bond between the police department and the community.
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