The University of North Dakota has put a police dog on its campus force for the first time.
Officer Ben is a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever trained to sniff out drugs and track people. The UND Association of Residence Halls provided funding to start the K9 unit.
The addition of the unit "pushes us to the next point of providing greater services to the campus community," said Sgt. Danny Weigel, sergeant of investigations and coordinator of the unit. "It offers services that a human physically can't do."