Diboll PD receives first K-9 in over 20 years

Diboll PD receives first K-9 in over 20 years
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 9:59 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 11:19 PM CDT
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DIBOLL, Texas (KTRE) - In order to combat drug-related issues within the community, Diboll Police Chief Michael Skillern took it upon himself to figure out a solution.

“You can search a house, an apartment much more effectively with a K-9 than with a person,” said Skillern

After discovering the foundation “K-9 Officers” that donates K-9′s to small police departments, Skillern wrote a letter explaining their problems.

Earlier this week, they brought the 5-year-old German Shepherd to his new home. With the help from the community in choosing his new name, ‘Jack’ is brought on as a single purpose narcotics detection dog.

Thursday being his fourth day with his handler, Officer Nichole Boots said they’re enjoying the bonding period.

“It’s basically him learning me, me learning him, learning his cues. I figured out he’s a leftie,” Boots said.

The department will be working closely with two foundations that will be assisting in paying fees for training and donating gear supplies.

Jack has been previously trained to detect five different drugs and the police department plans to gradually expand on that.

“59 runs all from from Mexico, up here, north out of the state and a lot of drugs that are bad drugs come through this way and filtrate into our communities lead into this whole region,” said Boots.

The department says marijuana and meth are the most common drugs they encounter. Skillern said they hope to build a regional asset.

“Every department in this area works well together so this is Diboll’s narcotics K-9, but we’ll be lending our services to Lufkin, Angelina County, Hudson, Huntington. Anybody that needs us.”

Officer Boots and Jack will take on a month of training starting October 16 and begin work shortly after.