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Sheriff’s office swears in two new police dogs

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter
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Gus looked up at his handler, Deputy Erik Dunham, as  Sheriff Chuck Atkins, right, conducted the ceremony to swear in Gus at the Clark County Sheriff's Office headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.
Gus looked up at his handler, Deputy Erik Dunham, as Sheriff Chuck Atkins, right, conducted the ceremony to swear in Gus at the Clark County Sheriff's Office headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office welcomed two new dogs to its ranks Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in downtown Vancouver.

After completing 400 hours of patrol training and 200 hours of narcotics-detection training, Gus and Apollo put their paw prints on the oath of office, officially becoming police dogs.

Sheriff Chuck Atkins performed the ceremony, which included deputies Erik Dunham and Eric Cramer making the transition into their canine deputy assignments, with Dunham handling Gus and Cramer handling Apollo.

Also during the ceremony, two deputies, Brian Ellithorpe and Kevin Schmidt, were promoted to sergeant.

Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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