January 15, 2015 8:37 PM EST

The police department in Escondido, Calif., promoted a dog to detective this week.

Jena, an eight-year-old German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, is the first dog to ever reach that rank in department history, according to a statement. Jena has served as a patrol dog since 2010 and located drugs on suspects almost 90 times. She will help other detectives sniff out drugs in her new role.

“The decision was made to promote Jena to detective where her skills could be used to assist detectives with narcotic interdiction and she would not be subject to the physical demands of a patrol service dog,” the statement added.

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