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Natchez Police to get new K9 officer soon

March 7, 2020 GMT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Natchez Police Department is getting a new K9 officer.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said one of his officers is in week two of a five-week training program in Louisiana with the new K9 and both should be home and ready for duty toward the end of the month, The Natchez Democrat reported.

“They’ll start to work together and once they finish up in the next three weeks,” Armstrong said. “… We’re certainly looking forward to it. We’ve been without a K9 for several months and we once had two.”

The new K9 is replacing K9 Arko, who died in September at age 14.

Ideally the department would have two K9s to work alternate shifts, Armstrong said, adding donations are still being accepted at the department for a second K9.

Armstrong said an Arkansas couple donated approximately $16,300 that would completely fund the cost of one K9 and training after they learned about the department’s need during the Super Retriever Series Crown Championship — a competitive event for various dog breeds that took place on the Natchez bluff in September.

Between $11,000 and $12,000 is still needed to purchase and train a second dog, Armstrong said.

Donations for a K9 can be dropped off or mailed to the Natchez Police Department at 233 D’Evereux Drive, Armstrong said.