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Eufaula Police Training Two New Future Police Dogs

The Eufaula police department has two new members on their force.

Nine week old Czech shepherds. Sandy and Thor.

All five of their police dogs are named after police or military dogs that have died in the line of duty.

“K9 Thor was named after a dog in Connecticut that was killed in line of duty, attempting to apprehend a kidnapping suspect,” said Sgt. Joe Johnston, Eufaula PD K9 Handler.

“Sandy was in her 9th deployment and was killed in action,” said Sgt. Johnston.

But, they did give the community an opportunity on Facebook to help with choosing the names.

“I was able to take the list of community submissions and cross reference with military and k9 dogs,” said Sgt. Johnston.

The brother and sister pair just started their police training on Monday. The two are going to be trained to be drug sniffing and people finding k9s.

“It’s tough while going on, but it’s great to see a dog like this then 18 months down the road serving the community,” said Sgt. Johnston.

For the next six to eight weeks, it’s socializing them, introducing them to different environmental factors and basic obedience.

“We lay the foundation now, introduce them to kids, elderly people, any person that they can be subject to come across later. Once we get the socialization done, as well environmental work, then we will move forward with narcotics work and people finding,” said Sgt. Johnston.

The goal is to get them trained and on the streets in 18 months to serve alongside these men in blue.

“It puts people on notice. I think it’s a statement that the drug activity in town, we’re not going to put up with it. They’ll be ready soon,” said Sgt. Johnston.

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