March 27, 2019

Rochester police hope new K-9 will be ‘the bomb’

Department to add explosive detecting dog

The Rochester Police Department K-9 Unit is getting a new dog dedicated solely to detecting explosives.

Pearl, a Labrador retriever, will be handled by Officer Michael Knight — who also handles Kitt, the department’s tracking, handler protection and narcotics detection dog.

The Rochester Police Department has used explosive detection dogs in the past, according to Schettenhelm.

“We use them a couple of times a year. Routinely, at the Royal Park Hotel, we’ve also used them for special events — whether it be the Brooksie Way or the Big, Bright Light Show — in advance. Certainly, having our own K-9 with this kind of capability would allow us to do that more frequently. Given today’s world, it’s certainly peace of mind. To be able to have that dog run through an area prior to an event would certainly be a good thing,” he said.

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Kim Westman