Westport police welcome crime-fighting canine

June 23, 2012 2:21:09 PM PDT
Police in Westport have welcomed a new crime-fighter into their ranks: a police service dog named Koda.

Koda and his handler Officer James Loomer completed two months of training receiving certification in narcotics detection and patrol work.

Koda is a Belgian Malinois from Hungary and is 18 months old.

He arrives thanks to a recent fund-raising effort that brought donations to the town's K9 Unit.

With the help of those contributions, the unit was able to purchase Koda, as well as a new patrol vehicle for his service.

The vehicle comes equipped with the latest kennel system including a heat monitoring system that detects if the temperature in the vehicle is too hot.

The system automatically rolls down the windows, activates a fan affixed to the side of the kennel, and alerts the handler via siren, and pager.

The police department held a "name the dog" contest, and the local youth who came up with the name Koda will be honored in a ceremony on Monday.

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