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Bira, right, and Tica are the newest members of the UT Police Department. The bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois cost about $8,500 each and will be used at major events like football and basketball games. Photo by Megan Boehnke/News Sentinel Bira, right, and Tica are the newest members of the UT Police Department. The bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois cost about $8,500 each and will be used at major events like football and basketball games. Photo by Megan Boehnke/News Sentinel
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -

A pair of bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois are the newest — and first-ever canine — members of the University of Tennessee police force.

Bira, 18 months old, and Tica, 17 months old, joined the force about a month ago from IronHeart, a company that trains and sells professional dogs, in Shawnee, Kan., in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

"They're very slender, similar to German Shepherds, but maybe a little more energetic," said Sgt. Cedric Roach,Bira's handler and partner.

The dogs are able to detect "most recognizable explosives, such as black powder, a lot of commercial explosives and military explosives as well," he said.

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