By Associated Press - Sunday, October 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management has a newly trained police dog.

Eighteen-month-old Bear is scheduled to be honored Monday at a ceremony marking his certification as a police utility dog by the North American Police Work Dog Association. Bear and his handler, Christopher Duguid, took part in a 10-week training program sponsored by the state Department of Corrections.

Duguid joined DEM as an environmental police officer in 1999 and currently is the division of law enforcement’s K-9 officer. Bear is a Belgian Malinois that came to Rhode Island from an upstate New York kennel club. The state got him for free with the stipulation he would be used in a police agency.

Bear was trained in tracking, obedience, aggression control and various types of searches.

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