Raise your right paw and bark after me.
Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse will soon be swearing in a new Police Department member - Officer Findy.
This "dual purpose" law enforcer happens to be a German Shepherd. Findy comes from Belgium and takes her commands in Dutch. She has previous job experience in Michigan and police hope to have the K9 unit ready to work by the end of August or early September.
Findy arrived on August 8. She and her handler, one-year veteran of the force Officer Travis Anderson, will both be receiving training for the remainder of this month. Public Safety Director Mark Prosser says Anderson and Findy will work 12 hour days as they train together.
Former SLPD K9 officer Brad Thiele resigned earlier this summer and requested to take the K-9 dog with him.
Under an agreement between Thiele and the department, in such a case, he was to provide the station with a replacement dog. Prosser said former K9 "Siska" had been with the force for several years.
Findy will serve as a dual purpose dog which means she will help seek out narcotics, help conduct building and article searches, provide personal protection, help apprehend criminals and help with crowd control. "We've had dual purpose dogs since the early '90's," says Prosser.
Not only will Findy be used to sniff out drugs but also help look for missing children or alzheimer patients who have wandered away. She will assist other agencies such as the Buena Vista Sheriff's Department or even other counties if needed.