Boonville K-9 passes certification test
BOONVILLE - The Boonville Police Department's new K-9, Vik, passed the certification to be a Police Utility Dog, according to Chief Bobby Welliver.
Sgt. Scott Wack traveled to Pennsylvania to find another K-9 on February 29, after the retirement of the department's former K-9, Kilo.
In Pennsylvania, Wack and the Boone County Sheriff's deputy and dog trainer, Chris Smith, tested 16 untrained dogs and chose K-9 Vik as the next canine for the Boonville Police Department.
Wack and K-9 Vik then had eight weeks of training where they learned how to work together on narcotics detection, tracking, building search, and obedience and aggression work.
Wack and K-9 Vik then passed the North American Police Work Dog Association to be a Police Utility Dog on April 29. They will continue to train an average of two days a month under the direction of Chris Smith.
Wack and K-9 Vik had previously passed the Missouri Police Canine Officers Association Certification for narcotics detection, obedience and aggression.