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It's been a little over a year since the Williston Police Department's K-9 unit has been in service and its paying dividends.

The unit assisted in 131 arrests, searched 95 vehicles, and went to 18 school demonstrations

But its the bond between the partners that makes the unit so special.

"The partnership senior patrolman Dustin Bertsch of the Williston Police Department has with his partner Molly is unique.

The two watch out for each other, spend countless hours working side by side and even live together.

But Molly is a bit different than Bertsch's past partners.

The two make up the k-9 unit for the Williston police department.

It's a demanding job, one that has the two on call, 24/7 but the two seem to enjoy that.

(Dustin Bertsch, Senior Patrolman, Williston PD) "She's not like a normal pet, she doesn't get to just hangout with me and play and what not. So that's one other reason it is so easy for me to be on call all the time because when I go out and work and she gets to go with me, that's when she gets to play."

The two serve not only Williston but an area that covers from Grassy Beaut to the Canadian border.

back in 2011, Bertsch helped raise the 90,000 dollars necessary to purchase Molly and the necessary amenities that come with the K-9 Unit .

Since joining the force last year, Molly has certainly carried her weight.

(Dustin Bertsch, Senior Patrolman, Williston PD) "Six months out of last year alone, almost $136,000. So, she paid for herself in the first year of service. This year it doesn't show any signs of slowing down."

As you can tell, Bertsch and Molly keep themselves quite busy.

Last year they had 131 assists, searched 95 vehicles and even did 18 school demonstrations.

When its time to go home and unwind after a hard day, the crime fighting duo keep their distance... well - attempt to keep their distance.

(Dustin Bertsch, Senior Patrolman, Williston PD) "It's difficult because she does have to be kenneled when she is at home. So I try to avoid her at home, so that I don't want to take her out...("It doesn't look to convincing)... No, it's not."

So far the unlikely partners have not only been good for the police department and the community...but each other.

In Williston, Gary Brode, KX News."

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