The West Fargo Police Department has four officers and their canine partners assigned to this specialized unit. The K-9s handle all areas of regular patrol work, but are available for specialized roles such as:
Burglary or robbery response
Crime in-progress calls
Area and building searches
Vehicle and narcotic searches
Tracking and apprehension of fleeing suspects
Searching for lost persons
Community engagement opportunities
Comfort dog capabilities
The K-9 Unit goes through ongoing training to maintain and improve skills. Some of the dogs are cross-trained to specialize in more than one area. The West Fargo Police Department currently has one German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross, one Belgian Malinois and a Labrador mix.
When not at work, the K-9s live with their handlers and are a part of their families.
Handler: Officer Brock Ackerman Breed: Belgian Malinois Age: 16-months old Country of origin: Holland
Handler: Officer Matthew Oldham Breed: German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois Age: 18-months old Country of origin: United States
Handler: Officer Bobbi Jo Nobles Breed: Belgian Malinois Age: 19-months old Country of origin: Netherlands
Handler: School Resource Officer Todd Pearson Breed: Labrador mix Age: 14-months old Country of origin: United States
Handler: School Resource Officer Dora Roll Breed: Goldendoodle Age: 9-months old Country of origin: United States
In honor & remembrance:
On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, West Fargo Police Department’s K-9 ToSti passed away unexpectedly due to an unforeseen medical emergency while off duty.
K-9 ToSti was a 7-year-old Dutch Shepherd from Holland. K-9 ToSti joined the West Fargo Police Department in November 2015 and was paired with handler Officer Ben Orr. K-9 ToSti was deployed over 800 times for tasks including narcotic detection, suspect tracking, building searches and article recovery.