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Amarillo Police Welcome New "Officer"

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - A new tool to help Amarillo Police detect deadly firearms and explosives began, officially patrolling the streets today..on a leash. The Amarillo Police Department is proud to introduce the newest member of the K-9 unit to join the force. "Karlo" is a 2 1/2 year old black lab and he is the first and only K-9 in Amarillo trained by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Karlo was trained for 10 weeks prior to Officer Mike Willis being sent to train for an additional 10 weeks with the dog. Karlo and Officer Willis are, literally, top dogs at the station.

"The Police Departments Bomb Squad is responsible for all 26 counties so we respond out to explosive calls," APD Officer Willis said, "This gives us another tool in our tool bag to address the situations where there may be explosives."

Officer Willis and Karlo have been on the job in Amarillo since December 2009 and has helped with nearly a dozen shootings this year. Most recently the shooting last Tuesday on Blessen Rd. near Bushland. 

"If there is shell casings in a parking lot the dog can come out in just the matter of seconds where we may send several officers and spend several hours looking for something," APD Cpl. Jerry Nuefeld said, "Karlo is just a huge asset to our community."

Karlo is certified in detecting 19,000 explosive compounds and he is also able to detect firearms and ammunition.

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