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Bearded dragon 'sworn in' as AZ police officer

The lizard has become a staple of the police department’s Facebook page. (Source: Avondale Police Dept.) The lizard has become a staple of the police department’s Facebook page. (Source: Avondale Police Dept.)
The department posted a photo of their mascot's "promotion." (Source: Avondale Police Dept.) The department posted a photo of their mascot's "promotion." (Source: Avondale Police Dept.)

AVONDALE, AZ (RNN/CNN) – Police in Arizona say they're getting “help” from an unusual creature: a bearded dragon.

The Avondale Police Department posted pictures on Facebook of their pet bearded dragon, Iroh, being sworn in as an officer, and the photos quickly went viral.

But police admit it’s all part of a joke.

The department first introduced Iroh on April 1, 2016, as part of an April Fools’ Day prank.

Their Facebook post said the bearded dragon was part of a new drug sniffing program because research supposedly had shown that reptiles’ sense of smell could be more accurate than K9s.

The recent “swearing-in” was a tongue-in-cheek promotion from mascot to full officer.

Iroh has popped up periodically on the police Facebook page over the last year, helping with paperwork, working dispatch and running radar.

The department promises more pictures in the near future.

Copyright 2017 Raycom News Network. CNN contributed to this report.

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