If you live in Arizona, give a nice warm welcome to your newest police officer: a lizard.

That's right, the Avondale Police Department has officially sworn in Iroh the bearded dragon, and have given him a badge and everything. Photos of the momentous occasion were shared on the department's Facebook page, Mashable reports.

Iroh first came into police work last year, when the police department announced on April Fool's Day that the bearded dragon would be joining their ranks with a specialty in dug detection.

Фотография - Ящерица стала офицером полиции в США

"Research has shown that reptiles possess a strong sense of smell making their ability to detect certain illicit drugs possibly more accurate than K9s," the Facebook announcement read.

Even though having a bearded dragon on the force was obviously a prank, Iroh became somewhat of a fixture within Avondale police. Pictures were posted on Facebook of the lizard sitting in on paperwork and even working the radar gun.

Officer Iroh has clearly earned his badge. We have no doubts he will wear it with honor and distinction.

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