Puppies are incredibly high on the cuteness scale—like, well over 10/10, as fans of Dog Rates will be quick to remind you. A puppy being sworn into public service? That's off the charts, verging onto Internet Hall of Fame levels of wonderful.
A Very Good induction ceremony was caught on camera earlier this month, showing a determined bloodhound pup entering the world of public service.
Detective Prince will serve as a K-9 officer tasked with locating missing persons for the West York Police Department in Pennsylvania. He's just 13 weeks old, though, so he has some training to do before he starts working a beat—making sure he's housebroken, probably a good place to start.
Along with his oath of
pawfice office, Prince "signed" some very official documents to join the force.
The pup comes to the department after being donated by The Jimmy Ryce Center, according to local affiliate WBALTV11. The organization provides AKC bloodhounds to police departments across the country for search and rescue, particularly for programs focused on finding abducted children.
Prince has an official Facebook page because duh, so you'll be able to keep up with his adventures keeping the streets safe and finding lost kids but for now JUST LOOK AT THOSE EARS.
Detective Prince's induction ceremony reminds us of a more somber moment in K-9 law enforcement history: one of the best memes on the internet, Dog Swearing.
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Prince doesn't bring that determination and intensity quite yet—he looks like he'd more likely snuggle a perp into submission—but by the time he's completed eight months of doggy police academy training and grows into his ears, the pup should be ready for a long, productive life on the force.