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☷ West Fargo North Dakota - West Fargo Police Department announces new addition to K 9 Unit 05 May 2022
West Fargo , state North Dakota ( By Press Release office)
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The West Fargo Police Department is excited to announce the newest member of the K - 9 Unit , K - 9 Thor . K - 9 Thor is an 18 - month old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross from the United States . K - 9 Thor and his handler , Officer Matthew Oldham , are certified in narcotics , patrol and tracking . K - 9 Thor is sponsored through an anonymous $15 , 000 donation to the K - 9 Unit .
“The West Fargo Police Department is incredibly fortunate to have amazing support from the community , ” said Chief Denis Otterness . “Through a generous donation such as this , we are able to enhance our ability to protect and serve the residents of West Fargo . ”
K - 9 Thor and Officer Oldham join the K - 9 Unit after completing a four - week training course together in Iowa . K - 9 Thor received an additional five months of training before being paired with Officer Oldham . K - 9 Thor will replace K - 9 Macho who retired with the promotion of Assistant Chief Pete Nielsen .
The West Fargo Police Department has three K - 9’s and handlers within the unit . The three K - 9’s were deployed over 200 times in 2021 . The K - 9 Unit is invaluable in protecting officers , locating drugs , tracking suspects and participating in community events . When not at work , the K - 9s live with their handlers and are a part of their families . More information on the West Fargo Police Department’s K - 9 Unit is available
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