Peachtree Mall in Columbus using firearm detection dog as new security measure

Updated: Apr. 16, 2021 at 7:46 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Peachtree Mall in Columbus is taking a proactive approach to help keep its customers safe.

The mall is implementing new safety measures.

A German Shepard, specifically trained to find firearms, has been patrolling Peachtree Mall since March. The canine is led by a trained security officer to quickly and safely resolve any detection of firearms.

The general manager of the mall says as a private property, guns are strictly prohibited and anyone entering the mall with a firearm is in violation of its code of conduct.

“We’re always constantly evaluating the needs of the mall and the security,” said General Manager TaVida Rice. “There’s a lot of the security protocols which go on behind the scenes. Of curse Jax being a beautiful dog is one that’s very visible to the public, which is why we’re speaking on this.”

The canine was provided to Peachtree Mall by Shallow Creek Kennels.

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