In a couple of brief weeks, Waterloo residents will discover a brand new member of the police division: a fun-loving, hard-working German shepherd named Tobi.
Tobi will formally make Waterloo his new house on Sept. 24 after he and Waterloo Police Division Officer Steve Moravec, his handler, return from Vohne Liche Kennels coaching program in Denver, Ind.
Tobi, now roughly 1.5 years outdated, was born in Hungary and later delivered to the US for additional coaching, the place he met Moravec.
In Indiana, Moravec and two different handlers selected from eight K9s. There, he and Tobi fashioned a particular connection.
“What drew me to Tobi was the best way he detects narcotics. He’s a giant boy, so once I noticed him I knew he was my canine,” Moravec mentioned.
Tobi is taken into account a dual-purpose K9. Not solely is he educated to detect narcotics, he can also monitor and apprehend individuals.
“He’s going to be a giant asset as a result of (in) detecting narcotics, they’re educated on the odor and their noses are hundreds of occasions stronger than ours,” Moravec mentioned. “With monitoring (and) the best way we’ve had latest automotive burglaries and folks operating by way of the world, these canines can choose up the scent and lead you to the place they final have been.”
Educated K9s take defending and serving to a complete new stage, not solely conserving the neighborhood protected, but additionally their human co-workers.
“They’re our protectors,” Moravec mentioned. “If now we have to look a constructing for a suspect, they will go in and clear the constructing and restrict the publicity of the officers.”
After years with no K9 within the division, the WPD is happy to have one in every of its personal. Moravec mentioned he seems ahead to Tobi having the ability to help different departments, simply because the Monroe County K9s have helped his.
“I feel it’s going to be good for our neighborhood to have a K9 proper there on the town,” Moravec mentioned. “The county has two different K9s they usually’ve been a giant assist, nevertheless it’s going to be good that we are able to have somewhat little bit of faster response if we have to use the canine for something.”
Like all good first responder, Tobi upholds a superb work-play steadiness, Moravec mentioned.
“He’s a really lovable canine. He likes pats and rubs,” Moravec mentioned. “What I like about Tobi is he’s good for our neighborhood as a result of he’s sociable in addition to when he’s working, you may depend on him.”
Tobi shall be becoming a member of the WPD due to a $10,000 donation from the Waterloo Unbiased Order of Oddfellows Lodge 27. Tobi will formally be launched to lodge members on Oct. 17, the place he’ll sit for a photograph op.
“The contribution that the Oddfellows gave is enormously appreciated,” Moravec mentioned.
Tobi’s arrival has been a very long time coming, because the WPD has been wanting a K9 ever since Sgt. Trin Daws’ K9 Ayla handed away.
Moravec mentioned he jumped on the alternative to deal with his first K9.
“Our division was seeing who would have an interest and fortunately I bought the chance to have a canine as a result of I’ve at all times cherished canines and animals,” Moravec mentioned. “I’ve a companion with me all shifts now, and he’s going to be an excellent companion.”
Moravec mentioned he’s wanting ahead to studying extra about Tobi and from different K9 handlers.
“So far as coaching with a K9, you proceed coaching and I look ahead to working with all of the native K9 handlers. They practice twice a month collectively, so I look ahead to coaching with them in addition to studying from them,” Moravec mentioned.