On Tuesday, two new members of the Bradenton Police force met their partners, Officer Matthew Palmer and Officer Jason Taulbee, for the first time.
It was the beginning of a companionship that is not taken lightly, especially in law enforcement, where not backing each other up could cost someone their life.
It didn't matter that the new officers were canine; they would serve their partner just as well as any human could.
The department recently purchased two Belgian Malinois from an Italian breeder utilizing forfeiture funds seized at the conclusion of a narcotics investigation, according to Chief of Police Michael Radizowski.
The were delivered Tuesday afternoon during welcoming ceremony; making a total of three K-9 officers at the department.
Radzilowski said canines are effectively used for many situations including, building searches, narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension of criminals.