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Kovu the K-9

Acting Britt Police Chief Tyler Harmon with Kovu, the new K-9. 

BRITT | The newest member of the Britt Police Department is also its furriest.

Tyler Harmon, acting police chief, brought Kovu, a 1-year-old German shepherd, to meet city staff following a council meeting earlier this month. 

Kovu enjoyed the attention as council members, city staff and others who were at the meeting petted him and fed him treats.  

Harmon, who is Kovu's handler, picked him up during the last week of September. 

"Kovu is now with me at all times," he said. 

He said Kovu hasn't been certified yet, so "right now he's just riding around" in Harmon's patrol car during shifts to get him used to being in the vehicle. 

Harmon and Kovu begin K-9 training on Oct. 22. The training will last until Thanksgiving. 

Kovu's duties will include handler protection, tracking and drug detection. 

The police department raised funds to get Kovu. The money came from both individuals and businesses. 

Harmon said he's still waiting to hear if the department will receive a $3,000 grant from the Hanson Foundation, which will help with ongoing care and feeding for Kovu as well as equipment upgrades. 

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