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Vancouver PD's newest K-9 joins police force

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K-9 Tripp (Photo: Vancouver Police Dept.) K-9 Tripp (Photo: Vancouver Police Dept.)

Vancouver police welcomed a new addition to the force Wednesday: A 2-year-old Belgian Malinois named Tripp.

Tripp joined Vancouver PD's K-9 unit after completing his certification training in patrol and drug detection.

The specialized training allows Tripp to search for criminal suspects in buildings and outside as well as sniff out drugs. 

Unlike police dogs in the past, Tripp is not trained to sniff out marijuana, which is now legal for recreational use in Washington.

Tripp gets his name from Tennessee State Trooper Douglas Tripp, who was killed in the line of duty in 1991.

Tripp's handler, Vancouver officer Roger Evans, grew up in Tennessee and said Trooper Tripp was an important influence in his life.

"When I was a teenager, I got to know Trooper Tripp quite well during the years I worked at a local restaurant," Evans said. "During that time, Trooper Tripp became a very positive role model, mentor, and friend of mine. My relationship with Trooper Tripp had a huge impact on my decision to pursue a career in law enforcement."

Tripp joins K-9s Ike, Ivar and Enzo at the Vancouver Police Department.

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