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As K-9 retires, another joins Millville Police Department

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Millville K-9 officer John Butschky is training Tyson, a Belgian Malinois, to start work tentatively in the spring. (Staff photos/Craig Matthews)

After eight years of protecting the people of Cumberland County, a veteran police dog will retire to the good life.

Cooper, a 9-year-old German Shepherd currently serving as a patrol dog with the Millville Police Department, will retire late next spring pending the instruction of a new dog, police said.

This will be the third round of training for Millville K-9 officer John Butschky, who will soon begin working with Tyson, who is slated for narcotics and patrol duties.

The pair will begin training together at the Atlantic County Canine Training Center in early January, entering a 16-week program teaching obedience, criminal apprehension, scent work and other drills.

On Monday, Butschky took Tyson out for some early practice.

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