LPD welcomes two furry new recruits
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) is welcoming two new police service dogs to their force.
Koby, assigned to Officer Matthew Pulec, is a 2-year-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix who is the first explosives detection certified canine for LPD. He is also certified in patrol which includes, building searches, suspect apprehension, tracking, and evidence detection.
Jet, assigned to Officer Christopher Howard, is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois certified in narcotics detection and patrol.
Koby and Jet were both purchased from Canine Tactical of Iowa. Each service dog trained for 13 weeks with their handler and passed rigorous certification tests.
Officer Pulec, a 12-year-veteran, and Officer Howard, a 13-year-veteran, have been canine handlers with LPD for seven years. Their previous dogs were Mikey and Yuri who are in the process of being retired. Mikey served for seven years and Yuri served for six-and-a-half years. They will be privately purchased by their handlers to live with them during retirement.