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Police Dogs To Help Sniff Out Crime

Posted: July 13, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Rick Yager, left, Rogers police officer, and his police dog partner Dillon stand in front of their patrol SUV with fellow officers Roy Brooks and his police dog Kragen at the Rogers Police Department. The department recently got the two police dogs to join their staff. The department’s last police dog was retired about a year before these arrived. Kragen, one of the new dogs, found a loaded pistol, meth and pot during a traffic stop June 21, his first day on the job.

Two Belgian Malinois joined the Rogers police force last month, filling positions empty for more than a year.

Fast Facts

Police Dogs

Police dogs Urgo and Bo have retired from the Rogers Police Department. Kragen and Dillon joined the force in June.

Kragen

• Was trained in French ring sport in which a dog competes in agility, obedience and bite exercises before working as a police dog.

• Takes commands in a mixture of English, German and French.

• Born in Mexico.

• Is 2 1/2 years old.

• Alerts police to what he has found by sitting and pointing.

Dillon

• Is young for a police dog at 15 months. Most dogs don't start training until 18 months, said Rick Yager, his handler.

• Takes commands in a mixture of Czech, Dutch and German.

• Alerts police to what he has found by sitting and pointing his nose as close as he can.

Source: Staff Report

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