CHARLES CITY, Iowa - A new K9 is close to joining the Charles City Police Department, but they need your help to bring him home.
The department found Jordy, a Dutch Shepard, who is trained through and remains at Midwest K9 in Des Moines. The department has put a down payment on him, but needs to raise $12,000 for him and to update a vehicle to keep him safe while working. Already, Charles City Police received a grant for $3,000, and the department is working on fundraising efforts.
Officer Dario Gamino will be leading the K9 unit, and says he's looking forward to the task.
"I applied, I did my research, I talked to my chief over what he was looking for, I looked at other local police departments their K9 units, and it got me more excited I was going along with it," Gamino said. "He's going to be another canine, he's going to be another officer like us. I'm excited for him to be my partner, and being one of us officers as well."
Jordy will focus on illegal drug use and sales in Charles City, and will also be used for educational purposes with children and schools.
Jordy will be replacing a black lab mix named Midnight, who retired last year due to medical issues.