LCSO adds new explosives-detecting K-9, Riot

Courtesy of the La Porte County Sheriff\'s Office

LA PORTE, Ind. -- On Friday afternoon, the La Porte County Sheriff's Office announced the addition of a new explosives-detecting K-9, Riot, who was able to join the force thanks to funds from a Department of Homeland Security grant.

Sixteen-year veteren of the LCSO, Deputy Justin Phillips, was selected to be Riot's handler after what the LCSO called "a competitive selection process."

The DHS grant will also cover training for Phillips.

"Earlier today, Deputy Phillips and members of the K-9 Division traveled to Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana to select the agency’s newest member," LCSO Public Information Officer Derek Allen said. "Meet K9 Riot, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois trained in explosives detection, tracking, and apprehension."

Riot and Phillips are scheduled to attend an upcoming 6-week handler course.

Riot joins the other agency K-9s Bosco, Miko, and Simba, all of whom were purchased from and trained at the Vohne Liche Kennels, according to Allen. 

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