BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The newest member of the Maryland State Police has some big shoes to fill.

K9 Trooper Dailey is in training, the state police announced earlier this week.

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The bloodhound puppy was named in honor of slain Harford County Deputy Patrick Dailey, the sheriff’s office confirmed Thursday.

Courtesy: Harford County Sheriff's Office

Courtesy: Harford County Sheriff’s Office

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Even though he’s in training mode, Dailey’s already making new friends around the state.

Sgt. Dailey was killed in a shootout at an Abingdon Panera Bread earlier this month. He was laid to rest just last week.

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The state police will hold a press conference Monday to formally introduce Dailey.