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Posted on: May 16, 2018

The Lombard Police Department welcomes its newest member, K9 Thor

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The Lombard Police Department recently welcomed its newest member, K9 Officer Thor. Thor is a two-year-old German Shepherd and will serve the Village of Lombard as a K9 Officer, after the recent retirement of Lombard’s past K9 Officer Chico.

Officer Joseph Statkus will serve as Thor’s handler after having spent 4 weeks (160 hours) of training in Northern Michigan.  Thor is certified in tracking, narcotics detention, article searches, and bite work. Thor was born and trained in Germany and Mexico before arriving in Michigan and meeting his new handler, Officer Statkus.

In his first week, Thor responded to several incidents included a missing 14-year old girl with special needs in Willowbrook. He also assisted in several car sniffs, one of which yielded a large amount of cannabis, illegal drugs, and more than $5,000 in cash.

 “He’s a great working dog. When it’s time to go to work, he gets so excited,” said Officer Statkus. “I just open the squad door and he runs right in. He loves working and he has a great drive. He’s a great fit for our Department.”

In September 2017, the Lombard Police Department was the recipient of a grant from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at the Giving Back Fund. The $11,500 grant fully funded Thor’s purchase, initial training, and future specific training needs. Donations provided by the Lombard Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will be used for additional needs.

“We are pleased to have Thor as part of the Lombard Police Department," said Chief Roy Newton. “Thor will continue our commitment to Lombard’s K-9 program, which has been in place for more than 25 years.” 

For more information contact Communications Coordinator Avis Meade at (63)620-5718.

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