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A dog for Ducks: Meet Onyx, the new UO Police K9

His name is Onyx. He’s a 3-year-old black Labrador rescue dog. Onyx completed an out-of-state police dog training with his handler, University Officer Troy Phillips. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon Police Department has a new police officer.

His name is Onyx. He’s a 3-year-old black Labrador rescue dog.

Onyx completed an out-of-state police dog training with his handler, University Officer Troy Phillips.

“I've been on campus with him for maybe three days. So far and you can't walk 10 to 15 feet without stopping and meeting brand new students that you never met before. So, he definitely is going to fulfill that community engagement aspect as well,” Officer Troy Phillips said.

The police dog will be used primarily for community engagement. But, in serious matters, his duties include sniffing out explosives and firearms.

University police chose the name “Onyx” because of his shiny, black color and for Onyx Street that runs through campus.

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