|
|
Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • University of North Dakota gets first police dog

  • The University of North Dakota has put a police dog on its campus force for the first time.
    • email print
      Comment
  • The University of North Dakota has put a police dog on its campus force for the first time.
    Officer Ben is a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever trained to sniff out drugs and track people. The UND Association of Residence Halls provided funding to start the K9 unit.
    The addition of the unit "pushes us to the next point of providing greater services to the campus community," said Sgt. Danny Weigel, sergeant of investigations and coordinator of the unit. "It offers services that a human physically can't do."
    Ben will be handled by Officer Jose Solis, who previously worked patrols on campus.
    "I like to educate our community on narcotics and their effects, and what better way to do that than to get a K9 and work as a handler?" he said.
    Solis had to go through two weeks of training to be qualified as Ben's handler. The officer and dog also are required to train at least eight hours each month. They will be certified through the United States Police Canine Association.

        calendar