The Beatrice Police Department has recently added a one-year-old black Shepherd mix named Thomas from the Czech Republic into its staff. With this addition, the K-9 program has expanded, and the department now has a total of three dogs working for them.
Thomas and his handler, Officer Derrick Hosick, spent three months in Grand Island to get the dog trained with the Nebraska State Patrol.
Hosick said that Thomas is different than the other two dogs that the department has because he can do more than just sniffing out narcotics. Thomas can help with building searches, criminal apprehensions, and also evidence recovery.
Thomas, who can understand commands in German, Dutch, and English, is expected to provide his services to the department for a period of 8 to 10 years.
Shepherds are prone to having hip dysplasia; therefore, Thomas’s diet includes various supplements and nutrients for the prevention of any such condition.
The newly inducted dog has already done some brilliant work for the department, such as helping in the recovery of a stolen car, serving warrants, and detecting narcotics.
Hosick describes Thomas as a good pooch who is always eager to go exploring and is ever-ready to get the work done.
Despite not being an aggressive dog, Thomas is currently made to wear a muzzle because he is still new at what he does and may get startled by an unfamiliar situation.
Hosick told reporters that the dog’s acquisition was made possible by funding obtained from donations and grants, contributed by various local organizations.
Hosick added that he was grateful for the support that the local community had provided to the department’s K-9 unit.
Hosick believes that the dog is going to be really good for the department. Hosick also mentioned his excitement for having the opportunity to work with the four-legged officer.
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