Officers at the Louisiana police department have recently welcomed a new K-9 on board. Her name is Nadia, and she is a 2-year-old Belgian Dutch Shepherd, that was born in the Netherlands. After being raised and trained by K-9 Working Dogs International, she received additional training in Ohio, along with her new handler, officer Eddie Embly. They have already connected as the perfect team.
“Officer Embly has had K-9 experience in the past,” said Louisiana Police Chief Will Jones. “He has years of experience working with search dogs, and he is a dog lover in general. He has also worked with a certified K-9 that searched for narcotics previously. Embly worked here in Louisiana for about six months after getting out of the academy, and then he moved to where his family was living in New Mexico. We had the opportunity to bring him back as a K-9 officer, and he was certainly glad to come back on board,” added Jones.
Nadia is a full-service dog, and has been certified in search and rescue, narcotics, and is also bite certified. She was raised around a family with children, so she is familiar and friendly with kids. K9 Working Dogs International is a private contractor, for profit business, with emphasis on providing modern motivational training methods for service dogs and police K-9s. With locations in North America and Europe, they serve both the private sector and law enforcement agencies globally.
“While Nadia was a puppy, she was already living with her trainer and his family,” said Jones. “So the trainer basically raised her as a pet, and then began training her, which was really good for her confidence level. She received three levels of obedience training and she was the only dog in her class that did the 3-mile track without mistakes,” he added.
According to hero911.org, K-9 officers were first used in 1907 in New York City. Many dogs live with their handler while on duty and even after retirement. Their handlers feed, groom, and take care of them just like a pet. Police dogs are extremely effective in searching for people and evidence, even being able to sniff out electronics such as hard drives and thumb drives.
“In her first few weeks, she has successfully found narcotics during two vehicle searches,” said Jones. “She has been used to clear buildings while searching for people, and we were going to have her search for a missing juvenile down by the riverfront, but the child made contact with the family first. We have put her to the test in our own training here, and she outperforms our expectations. We had her do a search on our own vehicles, and we have also done bite training with a bite sleeve,” he added.
In the state of Missouri, if a K-9 “hits” on a vehicle, indicating that there may be narcotics inside, the officers are not required to obtain a search warrant. The Louisiana police department has researched and confirmed the necessary laws and procedures for utilizing a police dog, including having had discussions with the Pike County’s prosecuting attorney. The addition of this new K-9 is seen as a big step forward, in the battle against dangerous and illegal drugs in Louisiana, the department said.
“We have the Mississippi River here, but the drugs aren’t coming in on the barges. We have the railroad that runs right through our town, but the drugs aren’t coming in on the trains. They are coming into our town through motor vehicles. And this K-9 is going to be an essential key to solving that problem,” said Jones.