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Reno PD, Nevada Acquires and Trains K-9 Julio

K-9 Julio of Reno PD, Nevada loves “the game.”

The Reno Police Department in Reno, Nevada purchased K-9 Julio in November 2017. Thanks to financial help from the National Police Dog Foundation, the two-year-old Golden Retriever went through training and certification at Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana. This experience allowed him to connect with his handler, Officer Chris Carter, a member of the Reno Police Department Consolidated Bomb Squad.

Carter explains how “training was fun” because he learned over time how to make everything a game for Julio. He describes how “this enables him to enjoy his job and also gets him excited to go to work each day.”

After returning to Reno together from Indiana, Julio and Carter trained to obtain Nevada POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training). In January 2018, Julio finally became certified as an explosive detection K-9 and was off to work.

Carter explains, “As a team, we are tasked with completing explosive sweeps prior to and during events.” These can often be special events, such as dignitary visits in their neighboring counties.

Much of their success as a team is due to Julio’s drive to find explosive odors. Just as the K-9 was trained, Julio treats finding the odor as a game. Most importantly for Julio, winning the “game” means getting rewarded his favorite rubber Kong toy.

Even the FBI has utilized Julio by having the K-9 help with search warrants. In fact, Julio once located several pounds of explosives in a vehicle, which helped lead to the prosecution of the suspect, who had been selling explosives to an undercover agent.

Officer Carter is thankful for the donation of “an amazing canine and a great partner.” The National Police Dog Foundation looks forward to seeing Julio continue to contribute to his community.

The purchasing and training of K-9s can be very expensive and most K-9 departments simply do not have the funds they need. The National Police Dog Foundation’s K-9 Purchasing Fund and K-9 Training Fund helped fund the grant to this law enforcement K-9 unit to assist in the costs for the purchasing and the initial training for the K-9. As an all-volunteer organization we need your help to continue this important work. To donate, please click on the button below. The K-9s really need your help.

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Julio hanging out in the Bomb Office.

Julio does bomb sweeps for NJC.


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