EAST ALTON - Children who met the village's newest police officer, a 12-month-old Belgian Malinois, on Sunday were all smiles.
"He's cute," a young boy said.
The K-9 officer, Degen, appeared before a group of youth and congregation of East Alton Assembly of God Church with his partner, Officer Erik Baileygaines. The parishioners gathered in the parking lot across the street from the house of worship at 347 W. Main St. so that duo could demonstrate their "tracking" skills.
"Degen is doing really well," Baileygaines said.
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