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Friday, July 1, 2016

WPD selects first female K-9 officer

WPD selects first female K-9 officer

      The Wilmington Police Department is proud to announce the selection of Officer Kendall Murphy as the first female K-9 officer in the department’s history. Kendall has been in the Patrol Division for the past five years until her selection, amidst tough competition with her peers, for a slot in the K-9 Unit.

The WPD K-9 Unit has been in constant operation with a variety of dogs for the past 20 years, including such famous K-9’s as Bronco, Jeecho and Arko. Following in their paw prints is Kendall’s new partner, K-9 Diablo, a German Shepherd originally from Europe. Sergeant Kevin Johnson, the K-9 Unit Supervisor, said it is normal procedure to assign a new handler to a new K-9 so that both the handler and the dog learn together and form the bond together that makes a truly effective law enforcement team.

Being chosen for a K-9 position is not only a competitive process, it entails a huge commitment from the officer. Kendall, as an example, had to relocate from her apartment into a house with a fenced back yard since Diablo stays with his handler 24/7. According to Kendall, Diablo is fantastic to work with and is learning very quickly, especially in basic movement commands. The WPD looks forward to a long and successful career for both Officer Murphy and K-9 Diablo.

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