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DULUTH – A new member has joined the ranks of the Duluth Police Department’s K-9 unit.

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K-9 Gus officially joined the Duluth Police Department in late May after over three months of training. He is one of four dogs assigned to Duluth Police officers.

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Gus, a two-year-old Duluth German Shepherd from Poland, officially started his service last week. He is one of four dogs now on duty assisting Police Officer Nate Abbott.

“This expansion of our K-9 division is another way to ensure the safety of our community and our officers,” Police Chief Mike Ceynowa said in a statement.

Gus and Abbott began training together on February 12 and graduated on May 23. Gus specializes in narcotics detection and tracking, asset searches and arrests.

Abbott has been a police officer for nine years, the last three in Duluth. He is also a member of the department’s Tactical Response Team and a firearms instructor.

“I’m excited about this new chapter in my career,” Abbott said. “I’m also looking forward to continuing to remove pollutants from the streets and participating in various community events with Gus.”

Also in Duluth is Maverick, who works with Investigator Taylor Stutsman on the Lake Superior Violent Offender Task Force; Kallie, who works with Officer Jeremy O’Connor; and Vili, who works with Officer Josh Aubart.

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