Waterloo Police Retire K9 Officer, Train Replacement

By Larry Burkum, KCRG-TV9

WATERLOO, Iowa — The Waterloo Police Department has a new police dog to replace one that is retiring.

Niko is a Belgian Malinois that came from Europe, and was born in Slovakia. Officer Al Bovy will handle Niko following the retirement of his previous partner, Spike.

Niko is undergoing training for narcotics detection, building searches and tracking suspects.

Trainer Gus Farmer says no tax dollars are used for the K9 unit.

“We have been very fortunate to have good partners within the community. Our unit’s completely funded by community donations. And through that we’ve been able to expand our unit from 3 dogs to 4 dogs,” Farmer said.

Niko is replacing K9 officer Spike, who joined the department in September 2007. Spike was injured while working in May, and unable to return to duty.

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