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The Southampton Village Police Department has reactivated its K9 unit after almost a decade, and expects its newest member to help the force with narcotics retrievals and other vital police work.

Officer James Moore, 34, of Southampton, has been undergoing a 16-week training course at Suffolk County Police Headquarters in Yaphank with his new partner, Topper, a male German shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix that was bred in the Czech Republic.

The department’s canine unit was deactivated in 2010 after its previous K9 officer, a German shepherd named Spirit, died from post-surgery complications, and funding for the program was discontinued soon after. Last year, Mayor Michael Irving and Police Chief Thomas Cummings began talking about reviving the unit.