From the Desk of the Chief:
Team DPD is excited to announce the official re-establishment of the DuPont Police K9 Unit!
Meet our newest DuPont Police Officer: K9 Luna! We are also very proud to announce Officer Wally Noel as our new K9 Handler. Together, OFC Noel and Luna are DPD's new K9 Team. Like OFC Noel, Luna has a great personality and fits right in with Team DPD - but make no mistake; Luna is a highly skilled crime fighter!
Luna is a Belgian Malinois, trained to detect scents associated with explosives and dangerous compounds. She also possesses the ability to conduct human tracking and patrol apprehension. She was obtained through a federal canine program, at no cost to DPD. OFC Noel and Luna are undergoing their Washington State Canine Certification training for explosive detection provided by the Port of Seattle Police Department K9 Unit. In the course of their patrol duties, once certified, OFC Noel and Luna will be used for a multitude of public safety tasks, to include school area sweeps, community event security and responding to suspicious items.
DuPont is a city of schools, businesses and families. As our community grows, so does our many public events. Preparation for DuPont's upcoming nationally televised sporting events is an example of this. Unfortunately, both nationally and internationally we have seen that no community is immune from horrific attacks at schools, community events, places of employment and places of worship - regardless of the size, location or demographic. OFC Noel and Luna will greatly increase DuPont's ability to proactively deter acts of extraordinary violence. In addition, once certified on tracking, Luna may be used to assist in the search of lost or missing persons, particularly children.
We have been able to utilize existing financial resources in order to re-establish our dormant K9 program. Luna and her initial equipment were free, as is the her certification training. In addition, we receive Luna's food at no cost through Wilco Farm Store's Police K9 Food Donation Program. Her kennel is being built through a grant, and there will be a separate announcement on this once the kennel is completed.
None of this would be possible if it were not for the exceptionally hard work from EVERY member of the DuPont Police Department and overwhelming public support, to include support from the Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1. Furthermore, we are incredibly thankful to Port of Seattle Police Chief Rod Covey, and the entire Port of Seattle K9 Team for volunteering to train OFC Noel and Luna at no cost.
We hope to see OFC Noel and Luna actively in-service as a fully state certified K9 team by the New Year. Stay tuned for updates on OFC Noel and Luna's training progress.