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County welcomes new K-9 to bomb squad

Odijn will take over for retiring K-9 team leader Dani

MADISON, Wis. - Dane County officials welcomed a new member to the Dane County Bomb Squad Wednesday, according to a release.

Odijn, originally from the Netherlands, is a 2-year-old K-9 detector dog, according to the release.

The Dane County Regional Airport purchased Odijn for $10,000 for the Sheriff's Office to bring him to Dane County, according to the release.

On the job, Odijn and his handler, Deputy Scott Lindner, will conduct searches of airplanes, unattended and/or suspicious packages, freight from the loading dock, and any other need that may arise at the airport, according to the release.

Officials said Odijn will also assist in searching Camp Randall stadium, dignitary events, and any other needs or searches requested by the Dane County Bomb Squad.

Odijn is certified in explosives through the North American Police Work Dog Association and is trained in 19 explosive odors, according to the release.

Odijn is replacing K-9 team leader Dani, who is retiring after a decade of service, according to the release.

The current Dane County K-9 program consists of five teams, according to the release. Each team consists of a handler and their canine partner. There are three patrol teams, one explosives team, and one search/rescue team.

Explosive Detection K-9 Odijn, when not keeping the passengers safe at the Dane County Regional Airport, will be assisting the Dane County Bomb Squad in conducting searches throughout the county, according to the release.

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