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IU Police Department Adds K-9 Unit

Indiana University Police Department's new team member, Tery, is a two and a half year old German Sheppard.

Tery comes from an elite breed of German Sheppards from Holland and was trained at the world-renowned Vohne Licke Kennels in Peru, Indiana.

Officer Chris Collins is Tery’s handler. He says the addition of a K-9 shows that IUPD is more than just a security department for the campus. When the IUPD had the financial resources to purchase a K-9 unit, Tery found a home in Bloomington.

“We can do great things for the community. And this is one way to give back to the community a little bit more. It’s not just for IU campus,” Collins says.

Tery is an expert in tracking missing persons and locating explosives.

Chief of IU Police Keith Cash explains says having the K-9 will help cut costs and make coordinating security for large events far easier.

“When the presidential election was going on, we’d have those types of dignitaries show up. First thing, the secret service, ‘Hey, do you have a dog available?’ So we would be scrambling trying to get one from another city or jurisdiction, and a couple of times we couldn’t get them,” he says.

The average K-9 remains a team member for 5-7 years. This is a test run with Tery and police officials say they don’t know if they’ll extend the program after that.

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