CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Tom is not your average puppy, at just a year and a half, he's trained to protect the public from narcotics as well as bombs.
He is a German Shepard, working with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department but he is originally from the Czech Republic.
Following his training at Shallow Creek Kennels in PA he joined the force with 11-year-veteran Ben Kellar.
"He's a great asset to the force," Kellar said, "He's able to smell things and see things that we don't have the ability to do."
With his heightened sense of smell Tom can sniff out drugs from a vehicle in a matter of seconds.
Most canines are trained with one specialty the unique thing about Tom is he is trained to perform three different tasks.
Detect narcotics | Apprehend suspects | Track people and find objects
Tom and Kellar have been partners since May 1, they live together, work together and ride together everyday.
"He's a great friend," Kellar added "We're starting to click pretty well, and we're doing some great work."