Boonville K-9 passes certification test

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:18:00 AM CDT in News
By: Lydia Nusbaum, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

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.

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