Thor’s work duties embody neighborhood outreach
By Bert Lehman
The Clintonville Police Division acquired a brand new Ok-9 officer.
Thor reported for responsibility on Oct. 11.
Officer Cody Rollin, who has been with the Clintonville Police Division for five 1/2 years, advised the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette that there have been a variety of causes he wished to develop into a Ok-9 handler.
“I am an enormous canine lover, however on the identical time it is an enormous asset to the neighborhood,” Rollin mentioned. “It is an enormous software, not solely to convey the neighborhood collectively as a result of it is easy to speak about (canine) and construct that relationship with someone, with little children, something like that. You are extra approachable, but in addition to take the narcotics off the road and clear up the neighborhood just a little bit extra.”
He added, “I at all times wished to do it, however by no means thought the chance would come alongside simply because our previous Ok-9 handler was a fantastic handler.”
Wehn the earlier Ok-9 handler, Chistopher Wendorf, left the division, Police Chief Craig Freitag advised the Tribune-Gazette that Clintonville deliberate to get one other Ok-9 officer, and recruit a handler from its present pool of officers.
That is when Rollin submitted a letter of curiosity to develop into the division’s Ok-9 handler. A number of officers from the division submitted letters of curiosity, which prompted an interview course of that Rollin mentioned was “fairly intense.”
Interview course of
The interview course of consisted of interviewing with a panel of Ok-9 handlers from different police departments. It additionally included visiting the kennel the place the division would buy the Ok-9 officer from.
“It was good to see the coaching techniques that the coach was utilizing. It was good to fulfill him forward of time to get a gauge on his persona from him, how he does issues, how one can slot in and how one can study from him, ”Rollin mentioned. “I ended up bringing my spouse down so she might see as a result of clearly being in regulation enforcement she’s been uncovered to lots however that is each new to us. It was good for her to get a variety of these questions she had answered and see a variety of what they do and the way they do it.”
As soon as chosen to be the handler, Rollin mentioned he offered enter as to which canine can be chosen. Rollin and Freitag visited the kennel, the place some canine have been preselected for consideration. The abilities of the canine have been then proven to Rollin and Freitag.
“After he (coach) showcases the canine, he means that you can spend a while with them, take them for a stroll and fiddle with them to see if they’re warming as much as you,” Rollin mentioned. “Clearly, the canine do not know who you might be at first, so it is that interval you work them out just a little bit.”
Rollin mentioned the division settled on Thor.
“It just about clicked with him which is good, he warmed as much as me immediately,” Rollin mentioned.
Then it was time for Rollin and Thor to coach to deal with all of the duties a Ok-9 officer and handler should carry out. It concerned 5 weeks of coaching, 5 days every week, in Iron Ridge.
“It went rather well. Clearly, the canine are studying, and we’re studying,” Rollin mentioned. “The canine just about have it down pat, but it surely was for us per se as a result of there are a variety of completely different tips that you are able to do and stuff like that to ensure the canine is studying. You do not wish to overdo one thing as a result of you may mess up the canine. It was just a little nerve racking at first, however as soon as you bought it down pat and all the pieces it began to click on for us, and it clicked with the canine immediately.”
On the completion of coaching, Thor was skilled in article searches, monitoring, detection, apprehension and officer safety.
The coaching is not carried out, although, as Rollin and Thor should preserve at the least 16 hours of coaching every month. A few of this coaching might be carried out throughout their work shift.
Rollin admitted that “it was completely different” the primary shift he and Thor have been on responsibility with the division.
“Going from coaching to now it is the true deal. I’ve the canine and we nonetheless need to go do our calls and do some further coaching,” Rollin mentioned.
Thor will probably be with Rollin on a regular basis when Rollin is on responsibility.
Rollin mentioned all the pieces has gone properly thus far when he and Thor have been on responsibility.
“He at all times desires to work,” Rollin mentioned of Thor. “I convey him house and he nonetheless desires to work.”
The purpose is to make use of Thor as a lot as potential to assist preserve the neighborhood secure.
“Like all neighborhood, lots of people do not realize or hear what all goes on, particularly in the case of medicine and stuff like that, so, our purpose is to assault that as a lot as potential and attempt to make the neighborhood just a little bit safer place,” Rollin mentioned.
Freitag mentioned a Ok-9 officer could be very useful to the police division.
“Typically, individuals assume the one factor a Ok-9 does is alerting to narcotics,” Freitag mentioned. “A canine might be useful for monitoring suspects, misplaced people, finding proof, and neighborhood outreach occasions.”
Each Rollin and Freitag mentioned the division plans to introduce Thor to the neighborhood at completely different occasions.
Freitag mentioned it value $15,000 to buy Thor and supply the coaching for the canine and his handler. I’ve added that the division’s Ok-9 officer program is funded by donations and fundraising.
“We’re very grateful for the assist of the neighborhood to make this occur,” Freitag mentioned. “Please attain out to the police division if you need to fulfill Thor.”