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Cedar Rapids Police hires new officer

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Police Department has added a new officer. This one is of the four-legged variety.

Jenks, a soon to be 2-year old Dutch Shepherd, will be partnered with Officer Chris Bieber, a 5-year veteran of the department.

Jenks was selected from the Von Liche Kennels and went through a rigorous 8-week training with Officer Bieber at the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

This is the first time that K9's and handlers were trained locally.  Officer Casey Bilden, a 14-year veteran of the Cedar Rapids Department, is now certified to teach the training in-house.  This saves the city money by not having to send officers to Indiana for eight weeks.

Jenks is the seventh K9 in the department.  All are dual purpose dogs, meaning they perform two functions.

Six are Drug Recognition and Patrol dogs an the other is a Bomb Detection and Patrol dog.

They are:

- Officer Graham Campshure and Charger (Drug Recognition and Patrol)
- Officer Wayne Handeland and Wendy (Bomb Detection and Patrol) (Due to retire in 2010)
- Officer Curtis Buckles and Narco (Drug Recognition and Patrol)
- Officer Bryan Nachazel and Lucky (Drug Recognition and Patrol)
- Officer Al Fear and Marco (Drug Recognition and Patrol)
- Officer Casey Bilden and Yoeri (Drug Recognition and Patrol)
- Officer Chris Bieber and Jenks (Drug Recognition and Patrol)

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