On Friday, K9 officers and their partners were at the Laviana Plaza for training.

K9 officers from Alice and Beeville Police Departments, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Region IV searched for narcotics inside the building's old emergency room wing.

K9 Officer Rex with the Alice PD also brushed up on his apprehension skills.

Dogs have been used by law enforcement agencies for more than 100 years. In the 1970’s the use of dogs in law enforcement took a foothold in the United States, according to Dogs for Law Enforcement.

K9 officers are considered a part of the police force with their own badges. The K9 officer stays is housed with their handler.