The University of North Dakota added a new member to their police force, a two-year-old yellow labrador retriever named Ben.

Ben will mostly be used to sniff out drugs throughout campus and residence halls. However, he is a 'dual-purpose' dog so he can also track people in the case of a missing person.

UND is hoping to reduce the amount of drugs on campus as Ben is able to locate many narcotics including:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Meth
  • Ecstasy

Ben was purchased from North Iowa K-9, a company well known for their police service dogs. One of the North Iowa K-9 owners is currently in Grand Forks to help transition Ben to his new home.

Ben will officially begin work next Monday and the university is holding a ceremony for him on August 11.

[Valley News Live]