Jonesboro police show off newest K9 - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro police show off newest K9

Jonesboro's newest K9 officer showing off his skills. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Jonesboro's newest K9 officer showing off his skills. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro police showed off the newest member of their staff Wednesday.

Officer Rico is an 18-month-old, dual-purpose police dog purchased from Blue Streak Kennels by Ritter Communications.

According to a press release from the police department, Rico is trained and nationally certified in narcotic detection and patrol work.

Rico showed off his skills in front of the Ritter Communications staff by quickly sniffing out a bag of drugs hidden in their lobby by K9 trainer Blake Bristow.

Bristow also demonstrated how Rico could apprehend a suspect by giving him a simple command, at which Rico latched onto his arm.

"These dogs are great tools for our department,” said Ptl. Dustin Smith, Rico's handler. 

The Jonesboro Police Department has the state’s largest K9 unit with eight officers. 

Each dog costs around $10,000 to purchase and train for police work, but the amount of drugs and cash confiscated with the dogs pays for that cost in just one month. 

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • AG: Scammers still trying to scare Arkansans with IRS con

    AG: Scammers still trying to scare Arkansans with IRS con

    Thursday, November 23 2017 1:30 PM EST2017-11-23 18:30:40 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 1:33 PM EST2017-11-23 18:33:01 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    Scam artists are back to scaring Arkansans into believing the IRS is sending law enforcement to track them down.

    Scam artists are back to scaring Arkansans into believing the IRS is sending law enforcement to track them down.

  • Volunteers feed hundreds in Lawrence County

    Volunteers feed hundreds in Lawrence County

    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:39 AM EST2017-11-23 16:39:06 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:44 AM EST2017-11-23 16:44:20 GMT
    (Source: City of Walnut Ridge via Facebook)(Source: City of Walnut Ridge via Facebook)

    Hundreds of Lawrence County residents enjoyed a holiday dinner thanks to the hard work and dedication of their neighbors.

    Hundreds of Lawrence County residents enjoyed a holiday dinner thanks to the hard work and dedication of their neighbors.

  • Optimist Club tree sale starts after Thanksgiving

    Optimist Club tree sale starts after Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:29 AM EST2017-11-23 15:29:03 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:57 AM EST2017-11-23 15:57:20 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas will take center stage for most families.

    Once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas will take center stage for most families.

Powered by Frankly