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Bismarck PD's Super Dogs, Oscar & Luna

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One of the oldest police programs in North Dakota is helping address the new, increasing drug problem.  "They have phenomenal noses and just excel at it," says Officer Tim Sass, Bismarck Police Department.

  He's talking about his four-legged partner with a badge.  Bismarck Police Department says they have two of the best.  "It's not uncommon to get one good dog and another average dog, and we lucked out and both have two phenomenal dogs."  In fact, this year both Oscar and Luna have about 180 deployments under their collars.

So how good are they?  "Every time our canines have indicated that there's narcotic odor, there has been narcotic odor inside the vehicle whether it's been actual finds of drugs or paraphernalia of that sort," says Officer Sass.  And they detect "everything except prescription pills."

Oscar and Luna's role as drug dogs is only part of what they do.  They're also considered exceptional at patrol work, handler protection and tracking.  "Obviously, there's a little bias that I think I have the best dog in the State.  Sergeant Fetzer thinks he's got the best dog in the State."  

Bismarck actually has a great deal of experience with police dogs.  Its K-9 program began in 1976 after the bombing of LaGuardia Airport, when teams were formed as part of a government program to ensure no commercial flight over the U.S. was more than 30 minutes from an explosive detector dog team.

One of the first dogs, Atlas, served from 1976 to 1979.  During the '80s, there was Heidi and Vello -- and many others.  Bismarck PD hasn't always had such majestic-looking dogs -- take Bear, for example, a "Bouvier" who also served during the 1980s.

Today, K-9s, Luna and Oscar -- both all the way from Holland and both within the last year -- are currently making Bismarck PD proud.  "Oscar is going to protect me as best he can and if need be, you know, put his life on the line for me, if it came to that."

Bismarck PD says they're very fortunate to have two dogs that are so young and love to work -- and they're always looking for new places to train them.  If you have a warehouse or building and you'd like to help the Police Department, contact Sergeant Sinclair at 701-223-1212.


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