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Meet poodles Karin and Fuga, the newest recruits to Japanese police force

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Clad in tiny replica of Japanese police outfit, female toy poodles, one-year-old Karin, left, and two-year-old Fuga, are presented to the media on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at the Tottori Prefectural Police headquarters in Tottori, Japan.

Asahi Shimbun reports: In an effort to strengthen public relations, the Tottori prefectural police appointed two female toy poodles as honorary dispatch section chiefs on Jan. 10, Dial 110 Day. The number 110 is a hotline to contact the police in case of emergency in Japan.

“The role of police dogs is not limited to searching criminals and missing people,” Miyamoto said. “I hope the participation of Fuga and Karin in the police department will contribute to improved public relations.”