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CPD seeks donations for new drug detection dog

Friday, October 14, 2011

Officer Adam Roberts and Shiloh. Photo contributed
The Cherokee Police Department purchased a drug detection dog in 2001 with the help of generous donations from the citizens of Cherokee.

Chief Steve Schuck purchased a 2-year-old female black Lab mix named Shiloh from Performance Kennels in Minneapolis. Officer Jim Buck was chosen to be Shiloh's handler and completed a two-week course before he and Shiloh were able to work together.

Once they learned to work as partners, Officer Buck and Shiloh searched vehicles, buildings, packages, and other items for the next six years, making numerous drug seizures and arrests. They were certified through the State of Iowa, and won awards as they competed at regional narcotic trials.

Officer Buck left the CPD in October 2007, moving to Oklahoma. At that time, Officer Adam Roberts was assigned to the K9 Unit, and after training, he and Shiloh became partners. The pair have continued the good work of the K9 Unit, becoming not only state certified, but nationally certified as well. They have finished in the Top 5 at several state and national trials and have made several drug seizures and arrests, with Shiloh being the first one on the scene every time.

Not only have Officer Roberts and Shiloh been called to help heir co-workers, but they have also been called upon to assist in neighboring communities. They have done hundreds of vehicle searches, building searches and public demonstrations at schools and other locations. Shiloh has come to work every day and ridden in the back of the squad car, "eager to work at a moment's notice," in Officer Roberts' words.

Shiloh has been a huge asset to the CPD, the community of Cherokee and the surrounding area, but she is now 11 years old, and "it's time to turn in her badge," says Roberts. Most police dogs retire between the ages of 8 and 10, says Roberts, so he feels that the CPD has been lucky to have had her services this long.

The Cherokee Police Department would like to continue the K9 program, so they are again asking the community for donations to put towards the purchase of a new drug detection dog.

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