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Valdosta Police Department welcomes newest member to the squad

Welcome K-9 Patrol Iva!
Posted at 3:06 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 15:06:47-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — The Valdosta Police Department is welcoming their newest K-9 Patrol, Iva. She's a 2 year-old shepherd mix trained to sniff out narcotics, recover evidence, track ground disturbances, and apprehend a fleeing felon. Her instructor, Officer Turner, just completed a nine-week K-9 Instructor School with Iva. There, he learned problem solving skills and can now train new K-9 Patrols for the police department.

K-9 Officer, James Turner, said "it's a different kind of bond than a human bond, it's just the dog and the handler, it's very hard to explain, it's a very emotional bond that we have with the dogs."

There are six K-9 officers at the Valdosta Police Department. Five in charge of narcotics and patrol, and one bomb-detection dog.