Oxford’s previous police canine, Cole, was retired from service last year.
Hardin joined the Oxford Police Department in 2013 and said he is happy for the opportunity as a K9 handler.
Other departments in the county with K9 units include Hamilton, Middletown, West Chester Twp., Fairfield and Trenton, and Hardin said handlers from those departments are a source of support for him as he enters this new phase of police work.
Hardin and Roscoe completed six weeks of training together last month. Previous to their training together, Roscoe trained for months in police work at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pa.