- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Homeland Security has added a bomb-sniffing dog to its workforce.

A spokesman for the agency says the female German shepherd named Chloe is based in Columbus and will be available on-call to help law enforcement anywhere in Ohio. She is teamed with a former Union County sheriff’s deputy who has previous experience as a canine handler.

The agency has been trying to increase the number of bomb-detection dogs located around the state.

Since June, it has presented dogs to eight state universities through a program created this year. Federal grants and state Homeland Security funding cover thousands of dollars to buy, train, equip and care for each canine. The schools and their police departments provide the dogs’ handlers.

Those dogs are available to help on and off campuses.

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