A new officer is patrolling the Chitimacha Tribe in St. Mary Parish, he’s the newest narcotics dog for tribal police.
K-9 officer Dozer, is actually breaking barriers in the state of Louisiana, according to the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department, Officer Dozer is the first certified pit-bull police officer in the state and so far he’s doing an awesome job at being a K-9 cop.
“Pit Bulls have shown that they can be just like any German Shepard or Belgian Malinois, or any other police K-9” said handler, Officer Nicholas Picard.
At just three years old, K-9 Officer Dozer was a shelter pup in Texas, who got a new lease on life and was taught an entirely new set of tricks.
“It started with always having to call in a K-9 if we needed one out, so we looked at the idea of getting a k-9.” said Chief of Chitimacha Tribal Police, Hal Hutchinson.
Once the idea of getting a K-9 was in the air, Officer Picard was ready to take on a new adventure.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 17 years and I’ve done everything, a lot of different departments and K-9 was the only thing I hadn’t done.”
“He’s with him 24/7. He stays at Nick’s house. It was like a round peg in a round hole…it was a perfect match.” said Hutchinson.
It’s been an adventure that’s led to K-9 Dozer making more than 17 narcotics busts since he arrived in June.
“I’m always telling him good boy. I’m just proud of him to be able to see a pit bull do this line of work, it’s awesome and I just love him to death, he’s my boy! He’s my baby.” said Picard.
Even though he has a serious job, for this pit-bull when he’s off the clock….
“He’s lovely. He loves everybody and always wants to be rubbed.”
“He’s a giant mush. He really is” said Hutchinson.
As Hutchinson says it just goes to show you can’t always judge a dog by it’s breed.
“Like anything else you’ve got good and bad of any breed”
“Maybe other departments can see from what we’ve been accomplishing to be able to trust pit bulls to come into their departments. He’s the best partner I could ever have.
Funding from Animal Farm Foundation and their Dog Detection Program helped to get Dozer and other pit bulls like him out of shelters. AFF partners with Universal K-9 who then trains the pit bulls at no cost to the police department. So far their partnership has successfully placed 30 pit bull detection dogs to date.