ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office K9 team just grew by four – the sheriff's department announced that the new K9s will works as drug and apprehension dogs in a few weeks after they complete their testing and certification programs.
The four K9s have been training for six months and are a year and a half old.
ACSO said the dogs cost $30,000, but Back the Blue K9 Force, a nonprofit that helps purchase police dogs for law enforcement agencies, paid for three of the dogs. The organization also helped pay for a portion of the K9 training, which costs more than $300,000.
The sheriff's office will have six K9s, five of the dogs are used for dual-purpose operations and one of the dogs is used strictly to detect firearms and explosives.
The newest K9s include Voq, Rust, Doc and Bodhi.
Voq is a German Shepherd/ Belgian Malinois mix from Hungary and was trained in apprehension/guns and ammunition detection. He will partner up with Sgt. Brian Starbuck.
Rust is a Belgian Malinois from Poland and was trained in apprehension and narcotics detection – Rust will partner with Deputy Ryan Samador.
Doc is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix from Hungary and was also trained in apprehension and narcotics detection. Doc's handler will be Deputy James Stiltner.
Bodhi is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois from Hungary and trained in apprehension and narcotics detection. Bodhi will be paired with Deputy Matt Howerton.
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