AN GARDA Síochána have welcomed its newest recruit-- and he's already proving very popular.
Eight-week-old puppy Cody has joined the Garda Dog Unit in the Southern region, where he will undergo training alongside his four-legged teammates.
The adorable German Shepherd pup made his debut on the official Garda Facebook page today, posing on a patrol car and alongside his two-legged colleague, Garda Pat Harrington.
A spokesperson for Gardaí wrote alongside the photographs:
"Garda Pat Harrington and his new Garda dog "Cody"!
"Cody is an 8 week old German shepherd and the newest addition to the Garda Dog Unit in the Southern region!"
Garda Pat Harrington and his new Garda dog "Cody"!
Cody is an 8 week old German shepherd and the newest addition to the Garda Dog Unit in the Southern region!
Cody has already proved extremely popular, with many dog lovers taking to the comment section to welcome the new pup and shower the German Shepherd breed with praise.
"I've had German Shepherds all my life & they're the most loyal, obedient, intelligent & loving dogs," one woman wrote.
"They love having proper tasks and that's why they make great worker dogs ... Wishing you both a long & safe partnership."
An Garda Síochána use a number of dogs as part of the police force, with many making headlines when they assist with an investigation.
In October, sniffer dog Rex was praised after he took almost €25,000 worth of suspected cocaine off the streets after uncovering two packages in two separate operations in Cork.
And four-year-old Garda dog Bear, a Belgian Malinois Cross, was hailed as a hero after successfully hunting down a pair of hapless armed robbery suspects in north Dublin.
To top it all off, he also proved officers were barking up the right tree by uncovering vital evidence related to the crime while searching the scene.