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Students see K-9 officer bite suit in action

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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

Some Randolph County students got to take in quite a sight Friday morning.

Students at St. Paul Catholic School got to see K-9 Officer Raiden, with the Pocahontas Police Department, test out a new bite suit they helped the department obtain.

Principal Maria Dixon said the students love doing fundraisers and were excited to help the police department.

“We put a big money jar in the hallway and every day for about 3 to 4 weeks, the students brought in their spare change, and parents helped out as much as they could too,” Dixon said. "We contributed $700 for the bite suit.”

Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said this is the first bite suit for the department, and it will help further train Raiden, who he said is as good as having another officer on the street.

“He’s a dual purpose dog,” Tackett said. "He can not only detect certain drugs, but he can also track and he’s a bite dog too. This suit will help him with training as far as his latching on and releasing.”

Raiden is also trained to help locate missing people.

Students got to see Raiden test out the bite suit both on officers with the police department and their school principal.

Tackett said he was thankful for the students as well as members of the community for helping Raiden get additional training.

The department is now working to get Raiden a bullet-resistant vest.

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