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Andover Police Department introduces new K9

Published: Feb. 28, 2019 at 5:13 PM CST
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The Andover Police Department Thursday introduced the newest member of its department, a German shepherd named Roko.

During Thursday's ceremony, Andover police officially welcomed its newest K9 and Roko's handler, Deshaun Smith. The department says the pair will help with missions like drug deterrence and search and rescue efforts.

Roko isn't just a member of the Andover Police Department; he's a constant companion for his handler.

"When you're at work your'e with him, when you're at home, you're with him," Smith says. "You take care of him. You take him to vet visits, you bathe him, you brush him. I'm with him more than my own family."

Police in Andover expect Roko to serve with the department for about nine years. It normally costs between $10,000 and $12,000 to train a police dog. Andover police say the city's police and fire foundation helped raise money to cover that cost.

Andover Police & Fire Foundation and Andover Police Department introduced our newest K9 "ROKO" and his handler, MPO Deshaun Smith this afternoon.

Posted by Andover KS Police Department on Thursday, February 28, 2019