Meet King, the scent-tracking canine and newest member of the Kaua‘i Police Department. Photo courtesy of County of Kaua‘i

The Kaua‘i Police Department’s newest member to its team has four legs, a lot of hair, and a smile you can’t resist. More importantly, he could one day save your life.

In December, KPD welcomed a black Labrador retriever named “King” as its new scent-tracking canine, according to a county news release.

“We are very excited to have King join our department because having a scent-tracking canine readily available will greatly assist our officers in conducting search operations,” KPD Deputy Chief Michael Contrades said. “In the past, we’ve had to rely on other agencies, sometimes from off-island, for very difficult tracking cases of missing persons.”

King will be used for cases involving missing persons, child abductions, and wanted fugitive apprehension.

He is currently going through a quarantine process at the Kaua‘i Humane Society, and has been progressing very quickly during his training sessions. KPD anticipates King to be ready and available by the end of April.

King was donated to KPD by the Friends of the Missing Child Center – Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization based in Honolulu. Additionally, the nonprofit donated another $3,000 to KPD for training and other expenses related to King and his handler. Their donation totals to approximately $8,000.

“King will be very beneficial to our operations, and we thank the Friends of the Missing Child Center – Hawai‘i for their generosity.”

KPD was previously the only police department in Hawai‘i to not have a scent-tracking canine for missing persons.