WFPD Welcomes a New Member to the Force

- WFPD is welcoming a new member to the force today.

The new K-9 dog, Cobo, is joining Turko as the second dog on the streets helping to fight drugs in Wichita Falls.

Cobo is an eighteen month old Belgium Malinois.

The dog was purchased partially with the help of the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association.

These dogs are purchased by the WFPD already having been mostly trained for the job.

The dogs spend almost every waking moment with the two K-9 unit officers who they work with.

"They live with us and they're at home with us. They're around our families, we take care of them at the house and then they come to work with us every day. So, they're around us all day every day long, so you get quite a good bond with them," Cobo's handler John Ricketts says.  

The WFPD K-9 unit also has a new set of wheels for these dogs.

The car is modified for the dog. It has a feature that lets the officer know if the car gets too hot for the dog, and it automatically rolls the windows down, as well as pops open the door of the car for the dog with the push of a button from a car remote.

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