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Fort Collins welcomes new dual-purpose K-9 to police force

Fort Collins K-9 Eleiko
Posted at 10:22 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 12:22:17-05

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Fort Collins Police Department has welcomed a new four-legged member to the team.

K-9 Eleiko is a 1-year-old Dutch Shepherd. He was born in Holland and imported from Germany before he was selected to join the police department.

The K-9 and his handler completed 10 weeks of intense training to get Eleiko ready to serve the Fort Collins community, including eight weeks at DNA K9 in North Carolina. The K-9 will live with his handler throughout his career and retirement.

K-9 Eleiko will work as a patrol and narcotics detection canine. He is trained to both locate and apprehend criminal suspects and sniff out the location of illegal drugs.

The police department has four other dual-purpose K-9s and one single-purpose explosives detection K-9. They were used more than 600 times in 2018.