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Gun-sniffing K-9 joins Florida Atlantic University Police Department

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 05:01:47-04

BOCA RATON, Fla.  — Florida Atlantic University has added another K-9 to its police department. K-9 Zero will be the second police dog with the department.

K-9 supervisor Sgt. Michael Marzigliano said the department chose Zero because he is a gun-sniffing dog. “Everything that is going on with current events, we felt a gun detecting dog was going to be most suited for us,” said Marzigliano.

Officer Randy Godinez will be K-9 Zero’s partner. The two have been training together for the last two months.

“The dog will be able to detect if there is a gun in a locker, container, or backpack and it should give a sense of security,” said Godinez.

The duo will finish their last weeks of training and then start working around the FAU campus before the fall semester starts.

“The timing is perfect, Officer Godinez and K-9 Zero will be done with their training as well as familiarizing themselves as a team on the university,” said Marzigliano.

K-9 Kona is the department's other dog and she is a drug-sniffing dog.