LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The North Las Vegas Police Department welcomed a new K-9 to its police force on Wednesday.

Ciro is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands. He and his handler, Officer Joshua Odoms, recently completed a six-week narcotics certification course.

Odoms said Ciro will be a less lethal option for apprehending suspects who run from police.

Ciro K-9

Ciro K-9

"As opposed to tasers or OC, when you deploy those weapons, you can't call them back. So if we were to send him to find a subject and he goes out and the subject wants to surrender while he's already on the run, we can actually do what's called a call off. And he'll call off and return back to me," Odoms said.

He said developing a bond with Ciro has been one of the best parts of the experience. Odoms has been with NLVPD for five and a half years. Ciro is his first K-9.

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Mediumjeep

Sure will be keeping busy in north Las Vegas ,to many loser criminals wandering around there !

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