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Meet Williston's newest police officer

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

Not only is Shadow Williston's newest police officer, at 1-year-old, he's also the youngest.

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The officer, born in Hungary, came to Williston via New Smyrna Beach and along with his partner, Officer Rich Peters, will soon begin training in narcotics detection, searches, tracking and criminal apprehension.

Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson introduced the German Shepherd to the public and city council Tuesday night, adding that the canine officer comes to Williston at no cost to its citizens.

A community of supporters made his presence possible, among them Shadow Trailers and Armstrong Homes that purchased the dog from Southern Coast K-9.

Supplies and services were generously donated by Gainesville Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, K9s United in Jacksonville, Reliable Drywall, Sparr Building and Farm Supply, Cargill Corporation, Dr. Wade Bullock and Walmart 1297 in Chiefland.

"We are blessed to have such a great community of sponsors to make this happen," Robinson said.