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'Drug-hunting lizard' joins Ariz. police

Officer Iroh was deputized as an April Fools joke, but continues to help the Avondale officers with different tasks

By PoliceOne Staff

AVONDALE, Ariz. — A new animal has joined the Avondale Police Department: a bearded dragon lizard.

Officer Iroh was given a badge and officially sworn in April 13 as a continuation of a running joke the department posts to their Facebook.

“Research has shown that reptiles possess a strong sense of smell making their ability to detect certain illicit drugs possibly more accurate than K-9s,” the department wrote in the original April Fools post from last year. “Our pilot program drug sniffing bearded dragon will be assisting officers in the city. Please help us welcome Iroh!”

Although he won’t be sniffing out drugs anytime soon, Iroh is still “helping” officers with tasks and providing support.


Time for an update on Iroh's Adventures. Iroh got sworn in today by Chief Nannenga, Iroh is official! #IrohAdventures

Posted by Avondale AZ Police Department on Thursday, April 13, 2017


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