HANFORD — At the Hanford City Council meeting Police Chief Parker Sever introduced Argos (formerly Bodo), the police department’s new apprehension and drug-sniffing K-9. He said Argos is the first apprehension K-9 the department has ever had.

“We’re very excited to have this dog here,” Sever said. “We’ve been talking about it since I’ve been a police officer here 21 years ago, and to finally see it come to fruition is pretty neat.”

Officer Josh Chavez, the dog’s new handler, said Argos is an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois from Holland. Chavez has been training with Argos the last couple months.

“It took a lot of work and a lot of hours put in,” Chavez said. “I look forward to us working together. I’ve seen what he can do and it’s pretty amazing.”

Sever said getting a new dog is an expensive endeavor, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the K-9 Foundation. Members of the foundation also presented the police department with a $20,000 check.

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