(Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff)
Transit Police this week introduced three new members to help sniff out crime around the MBTA: Wire, Moxie and Shifty.
The Labrador retrievers, veterans of the US Marines who specialize in detecting explosive devices, served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Transit Police have used dogs for law enforcement, but the department had not, until this week, used dogs who had served in combat areas.
The canine trio underwent weeks of training to become certified to serve in a civilian setting, officials said. Their first day in service together was Monday.
The dogs have been partnered with Transit Police officers who have also served in the military.
Shifty is teamed up with Officer Ariane Thibodeau, the only female hazardous device technician in Massachusetts, officials said.
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