A new officer has joined the ranks of Illinois State Police District 16.
Bodhi is a Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix who recently completed a 10-week training program at the Illinois State Police Academy.
He's joining Recon, District's other K9. Tazer, Bodhi's predecessor, recently retired for medical reasons after two and a half years on the force.
"K9sa re a tremendous tool for law enforcement on so many levels," District 16 Captain James Alexander said. "Obviously they are a huge asset for us when it comes to drug enforcement and officer safety, but being able to track fugitives or missing persons helps us greatly in our task of ensuring public safety. Any police agency is fortunate to have a K9 and very pleased to have two excellent dogs in the district."
Bodhi is 16 months old and was born in Czechoslovakia. He was acquired from a Denver, Indiana kennel using money seized in drug investigations.
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