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GREENFIELD — A deputy has taken it upon himself to raise money for the purchase of a second police dog for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Scott Chapman has a lofty goal: Initial costs for a trained police dog total about $10,000.

Chapman, who began working as a reserve officer eight years ago before joining the merit ranks in 2010, said the benefits of dogs to law enforcement are numerous.

The dogs are used to track suspects and missing people, as well as find drugs.

“There’s more to that animal than his teeth – his nose, his ability to know … if somebody’s hiding somewhere from us,” Chapman said.

Given the funding, Chapman plans to purchase a dog that will be trained both in suspect apprehension and drug-sniffing.

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