(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office has a new K-9 patrolling in the county. K-9 Baki, an 18-month old German Shephard, officially joined the ranks and began duty on December 9 along with his partner Deputy Josh Horst. Deputy Horst and K-9 Baki graduated on December 6 from an intense five week Basic Canine Handler's Course provided by Mid-Michigan Kennels in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. K-9 Baki is considered a Dual Purpose Explosives Detection and Patrol Dog and will assist with Tracking, Area and Article searches. According to Sheriff Garry Biniecki, K-9 Baki's purchase was made possible through Department of Homeland Security regional funds awarded to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office. In addition to K-9 Baki, the Sheriff's Office was also awarded funds for the purchase of a 2013 Ford Expedition and all necessary equipment needed to outfit it as a K-9 Patrol Vehicle. K-9 Baki replaces K-9 Adam who retired in the May this year after serving 7-years with the department and K-9 Kaye who retired March of 2012 after 5-years of service. Both are enjoying retirement with their former handler's and their families.