Jonesboro police show off newest K9

Jonesboro police show off newest K9

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.

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