Normangee, Texas is a small town about two hours south of Dallas, just east of I-45. With a population of only 680 people, you would think that an issue like drug trafficking would bypass a town like Normangee, but unfortunately, this problem seems to be everywhere.
Normangee Police Chief Charles Herford noticed the growing problem in their community regarding the use and distribution of narcotics, and knew that a K9 officer would be a valuable asset and necessary tool to combat the problem. The department contacted Brad Croft at Universal K9, a San Antonio-based companies that trains dogs for law enforcement and personal protection. They learned about their partnership with Animal Farm Foundation to rescue shelter “pit bull type” dogs and train them as detection dogs for local law enforcement at no cost to those agencies.
This month, Chief Herford got his Christmas wish.
Meet, K9 Wilson, Normangee PD’s first narcotics detection dog.
Chief Herford explains why K9 Wilson’s presence plays multiple important roles in their community. “In our line of work, we encounter ‘pit bull’ dogs and other types of dogs every day that are civilians’ pets,” said Chief Herford. “This detection dog program creates an opportunity for my fellow officers to witness the underlying potential of those everyday dogs, including rescued pit bull dogs, which are not traditionally used for law enforcement work.”
K9 Wilson will continue the training he received at Universal K9, where he was trained to seek out a variety of narcotic odors using his sense of smell. When K9 Wilson locates a target, he is trained to provide a “sit and stare” signal to his handler. They will continue to reinforce that training at the Normangee Police Department, as well as daily training related to obedience and narcotics detection.
Chief Herford knows that K9 Wilson will bring more than his detection skills to Normangee. “It’s important to the Normangee Police Department that the community understands we are dog lovers too, no matter the breed or appearance of the dog.”