Move over, McGruff, and make some room in the crime-fighting dog house for Reed the drug dog.

Reed has been with the Baker County Sheriffs Office for three months now.

His breaking in period over, Reed and his human partner, deputy Dee Gorrell, have been put on a new assignment: the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team.

That puts Reed on the front lines of the drug war, in both the drug house and the classroom.

Reed offers law enforcement two unique talents.

First, his nose for drugs. Hell sniff out hidden caches of methamphetamine, marijuana and other drugs in houses raided by the task force.

Whereas his human counterparts might miss a secret compartment, Reeds sniffer will put him in contact with the dope.

And thatll help put the dopers in contact with more jail time.

Second, Reed can reach out to kids intimidated by strange adults or the uniform of an officer. In a classroom setting, the dog will capture the attention of students and help Gorrell and others drive home an anti-drug message.

Those twin talents will go far in meeting the goals of David Blair of Baker City, who helped spearhead the fundraising effort that brought Reed to Baker City.

Blairs son died in 1986 a death Blair attributes to his sons involvement with drugs.

He hopes Reed will help the sheriffs office steer kids away from drugs and nab those who are selling the drugs to begin with.

For teachers and community groups who want to schedule a visit from Reed, Deputy Gorrell can be reached at 523-6415.

Gorrell can also explain the special costs associated with the dog, costs that community donations can help cover.

And in turn, Reed will help cover you in the war against drugs.