Salute The Badge: SWAR drug task force acquires K-9

New K-9 works in narcotics detection, tracking, apprehension

By Heather Wright

There’s a new crime fighter on the streets, and his duties include detecting drugs in two southwest Arkansas counties.

K-9 Officer Pakal, and his handler, Hempstead County Deputy Kyle Malone, are teamed up on patrol. They worked their first shift together this week. “He’s an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, and he’s very cool-headed. He likes to play, but when it’s time to work, he’s ready to go,” Malone said.

These two are also members of the Eighth Judicial District Drug Task Force, which covers Hempstead and Nevada Counties. “This is a dual-purpose K-9, who will work in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension,” said Eighth North Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Christie McQueen. Read more.

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