TROUP COUNTY, Ga. — The Troup County Sheriff's Office recently welcomed its newest K-9 officer.

Chapo is a 17-month-old Belgian Malinois.

As a breed, Belgian Malinois are widely used as working dogs and well suited for tasks that include detection of odors including explosives, accelerants and narcotics, tracking of humans and search and rescue work.

The United States Secret Service employs Belgian Malinois as guard dogs on the grounds of the White House.

According to Troup County Sheriff's Sgt. Stewart Smith, Chapo is trained in narcotics detection and tracking. 

Along with his tracker and handler, Lt. Nathan Taylor, Chapo has recently completed five weeks of training in Northport, Ala. 

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