HAMPTON -- The newest recruit for the Hampton Police force is smart, tenacious and absolutely adorable.
Ranger is an 12-week old Bloodhound that just began training to help police with search and rescue. He spent his first week bonding with his handler, MPO Dan Mackey.
Now, he's learning the ropes under the watchful eye of nine-year-old Murphy, the senior Bloodhound on the force. Ranger should be working around September and then Murphy will retire.
Ranger will have some big paws to fill. Murphy is credited with about 50 finds. A “find” is defined as collection of evidence, suspects, deceased bodies or lost individuals, explained Cpl. Mary Shackelford.
"We have been using Bloodhounds for 10 years. We chose them because they are scent discriminating, meaning they have the ability to follow specific scents and discriminate them from other scents in the area," Shackelford noted.
There are two Bloodhounds working with Hampton Police - Murphy and Diesel .Two will stay working once Ranger takes over for Murphy.
Ranger is the second dog donated by breeder Tammy Bybee, who is a police officer in Duck, NC.
Murphy will spend his retirement as the family pet for MPO Mackey and his family.