Wolfforth gets new K-9 officer
Although the Wolfforth Police Department’s first patrol dog is enjoying retirement, his impact on the department led officers to seek another personable dog like him.
Kwinto joined the Wolfforth PD last month after Officer Jared King attended training with him at the Little Rock Canine Academy in Little Rock, Ark. The dog was born and raised in the Netherlands.
Dino is now retired and living with his handler, Wolfforth Police Lt. Patrick Austin.
King said he began seeking out a “personable” dog while Dino was still on the force.
“We didn’t want a dog that was aggressive and would attack without provocation,” King said.
The end result is a dog who will be 16 months old this week and can be around King’s own three young children.
“They can pet him,” he said. He said Kwinto sometimes ignores the children while they pet him, while at other times he seeks out their affection.
Kwinto, a Belgian Malinios, also gets along well with King’s personal pet, a miniature schnauzer.
Despite Kwinto’s nature, Wolfforth Police Chief Rick Scott warned city council members and the audience in a meeting last week that they should be cautious in approaching Kwinto, and King know they are coming forward.
“He is trained to bite,” Scott said. “He is not a pet.”
Kwinto is trained in narcotics tracking and apprehension, but he can also track suspects or lost children or the elderly.
“It’s what we refer to as a patrol dog,” King said.
He told city council members last week that Kwinto showed that he will protect King while the duo was training in Little Rock. He has also displayed great focus during traffic stops, so King said he knows the dog will have his back if necessary.
“It was impressive,” King said of Kwinto’s performance in training. “He proved he would be there for me.”
King said he chose Kwinto from videos of the dogs in Little Rock because he was a good-looking dog and displayed the temperament the Wolfforth Police Department desired.
But he said most all of the other dogs there training alongside Kwinto seemed just as capable.
One thing that seems to set Kwinto apart is his snoring, King said with a laugh.
The officer said that like Dino, Kwinto likes to work.
“Whenever I pull out his collar that he wears on duty, he gets excited and ready to go to work,” King said.
King said he has been interested in working with a patrol dog since his own father, a police officer in Tulia, worked with one.
Having trained with Kwinto, King said he is making a commitment to staying in Wolfforth’s patrol division for eight to 10 years.
“There are places where people promote up and the dog goes to a new handler, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” King said, but he said with each handoff, the dog can become less effective. He said he intends to stay with Kwinto.
The officer said the city of Wolfforth budgeted half of the cost of Kwinto’s purchase at $5,000. AimBank and the Wolfforth Fire Academy raised the other $5,000, King said.
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