GRPD adds new members to K9 Unit

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K9 Bleu, partnered with Officer Doug Stevens, is trained in explosive detection. Photo courtesy of GRPD.

The Grand Rapids Police Department has announced changes to its K9 Unit, which includes adding two new dogs to the force.

“K9s are an important part of police work,” said Sgt. Justin Kribs from the K9 Unit. “We appreciate the foundation’s support of these dogs to help keep our community safe.”

Both K9s have passed their certification and recently began their service.

K9 Bleu (in the above photo, with his human partner, Officer Doug Stevens) is a 23-month-old male, a mixed breed Belgian Malinois and German Shepard. He is trained in explosive detection and patrol functions.  Bleu is replacing retired K9 Jack, who left service on April 8. Jack was also partnered with Officer Stevens and is now spending his retirement with the Stevens family and his new brother, K9 Bleu.

K9 Bleu is partnered with Officer Doug Stevens. Photo courtesy of GRPD.

K9 Rocco is partnered with Officer Austin Diekevers. Rocco is an 18-month-old male, a mixed breed Belgian Malinois and German Shepard. He is trained in narcotics detection and patrol functions. K9 Rocco joined the department in advance of K9 Aero’s retirement. Aero and his human partner, Sergeant Tim Hoornstra, will both retire from GRPD later this month.

Funds to purchase and train the new K9s came in part through support from the Grand Rapids Police Foundation.

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