Dogs with K-9 team awarded police badges - WSMV News 4

Dogs with K-9 team awarded police badges

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According to the Clarksville Police Department, their assistance is invaluable in catching crooks and solving crimes. Now, for the very first time, the police have awarded the four dogs of their K-9 team with police badges.

"For all law enforcement, what represents you as law enforcement is the badge," said Capt. Craig Gipson. "That's what these dogs are. These dogs are police officers."

"I spend more time with that dog than I do my family," laughed Officer Joey Scruggs. "I've always got backup when I get out of the car. I know if something goes bad, I've got somebody there to help me out, and they're going to fight to the end one way or another."

For two years, Scruggs worked alongside a dog named Quantor. More than just a partner, Quantor was a member of the Scruggs' family until he passed away a month and a half ago. A dog named Solo now works alongside Scruggs. A new addition to the family, Solo's a big hit with Scruggs' 2-year-old daughter.

"She sits there and hollers, 'I wanna go see Solo,'" said Scruggs.

At the police station Tuesday, Scruggs not only picked up a badge for Solo but for Quantor too. For Scruggs, that meant the world.

"In the six years I've been in the unit, this is the first time any of them have gotten something like that," said Scruggs. "Just shows what the captain thinks of the unit and where we're heading with it."

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