The Cherokee Police Department is proud to welcome their new drug detection dog Ike to the police force.
Last week the department unveiled the 1 1/2 year-old yellow labrador who has been working with Cherokee Police Officer Adam Roberts. The CPD began accepting donation from business and citizens of Cherokee last year to purchase Ike from Performance Kennels of Minneapolis, Minn.
Ike arrived in December and since then Officer Roberts has been constantly training him, including obedience training.
The new drug detection dog has some big shoes to fill, as he replaces the former drug dog, Shilo, who was retired in December and is now living with a couple in Worthington, Minn.
Shilo was purchased by the CPD in 2001. At that time 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 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.
Officer Roberts plan on continuing that tradition with Ike. In April, Ike will compete in a Regional Competition and Roberts hopes he will be certified if he passes the Competition.