PECATONICA (WIFR) -- Illinois State Police District 16 Commander, Captain James Alexander, is pleased to announce the addition of its newest officer.
Bodhi, a Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix, and his handler recently completed an intensive 10 week training program at the Illinois State Police Academy.
Bodhi, a full service K9 joins District 16 K9 Recon, also a full service Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix. Bodhi’s predecessor, Tazer, recently retired due to medical reasons after serving for 2 ½ years. Bodhi was born in Czechoslovakia and is 16 months old. Bodhi was acquired from Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana using moneys seized in drug investigations.
“K9s are a tremendous tool for law enforcement on so many levels,” stated Captain Alexander, “obviously they are a huge asset for us when it comes to drug enforcement and officer safety, but being able to track fugitives or missing persons helps us greatly in our task of ensuring public safety. Any police agency is fortunate to have a K9 and very pleased to have 2 excellent dogs in the district.”