Po­lice dog to join Decatur Po­lice

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - MIKE ECKELS

DECATUR — For well over 100 years, ca­nines have been used for a wide va­ri­ety of func­tions in­clud­ing search and res­cue, drug in­ter­ven­tion and ex­plo­sives de­tec­tion by lo­cal, state and fed­eral law en­force­ment agen­cies around the world. Soon a new po­lice dog will be added to the Decatur Po­lice Depart­ment.

Dur­ing the July 10 ses­sion of the Decatur City Coun­cil, Chief Joe Sav­age, with the Decatur Po­lice Depart­ment, in­tro­duced Sgt. Ty Egge­dreche and his po­lice dog trainee Koda, a 4-year-old Ger­man shep­herd. Sav­age asked the coun­cil to ap­prove the po­lice dog’s ad­di­tion to the depart­ment as a nar­cotics and track­ing dog.

The coun­cil was given a de­mon­stra­tion on the search pro­ce­dures Egge­dreche and Koda use to de­tect il­le­gal drugs.

Be­fore the meet­ing, Egge­dreche hid con­tain­ers filled with a small amount of four con­trolled sub­stances for Koda to find. Once Egge­dreche gave the com­mand to search for the hid­den sub­stances, Koda be­gan his search and took only 10 sec­onds to hit on each hid­ing place. Af­ter find­ing the nar­cotics, Koda sat down to alert Egge­dreche he found il­le­gal sub­stances. Once he com­pleted his task, he was re­warded with a rub­ber bone, his fa­vorite toy.

Shortly af­ter the de­mon­stra­tion, the city coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to ac­cept Koda as the new­est mem­ber of the Decatur Po­lice Depart­ment.

Be­fore Koda en­ters ser­vice with the depart­ment, he must fin­ish his Arkansas cer­ti­fi­ca­tion train­ing which was ex­pected to be done by July 17.

“This dog has to be cer­ti­fied in the State of Arkansas be­fore we can ac­tu­ally start to use him,” said Sav­age. “We have been run­ning him in the car with Sgt. Egge­dreche be­cause we wanted him to get ac­cus­tomed to ev­ery­day rou­tines.”

While rid­ing with Sgt. Egge­dreche on pa­trol, Koda stays in the air-con­di­tioned pa­trol car. His role at the time is to get used to sit­ting in the seat be­hind his new part­ner. While in the car, Egge­dreche uses po­lice dog pro­to­cols to en­sure Koda re­mains safe and healthy. Th­ese pro­to­cols in­clude reg­u­lar breaks for wa­ter, food and “other” needs.

Even­tu­ally, Koda will have ad­di­tional du­ties.

“Right now, if cer­ti­fied, the dog will be used in nar­cotics and track­ing,” said Sav­age. “He doesn’t have to have a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a track­ing dog in Arkansas so we can use him as a tracker if the need arises.”

The cost to Decatur to have Koda cer­ti­fied and ready for ser­vice is $600, which the city is ex­pected to re­cover from fines and for­fei­tures from drug ar­rests.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/MIKE ECKELS

Koda (cen­ter) waits for his re­ward from his part­ner Ty Egge­dreche af­ter lo­cat­ing hid­den nar­cotics dur­ing a de­mon­stra­tion for the Decatur City Coun­cil. The coun­cil voted to add Koda to the Decatur Po­lice force as a nar­cotics en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

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