This year, the Police Management deemed it necessary to have a Police Training Program to train the K9 division of the Police Department.
With the educators of the E.J. Watty Vos Police Academy, the K9 Instructor Mr. Vianney Coffie prepared the professional program on the International K9 level.
This program opens the doors for Aruba to have their K9 instructor and inspector train any K9 police officer, either locals or international.
After six months of hard work, planning, training, and intensive studying of K9, the Aruba Police is proud to announce that they have two Police Officers with their K9 Notorious and Dax, who successfully passed their exams and are ready to work the streets.
Officer A. Leonard’s new partner is K9 Notorious, and officer D. de Castro’s new partner is K9 Dax, both Mechelse Herders. It is the first time that the Aruba Police has two dual K9s that can search for objects and weapons. With these two new police dogs, the K9 unit continues to grow.
The officers and Inspectors received their certificates at the “Cobra field” in Savaneta. Minister of Justice Mr. Rocco Tjon, Police Commissioner Mrs. Trudy Hassell, and the Head of the E.J. Watty Vos Academy Mrs. Jeanette Richardson-Baars were also present. During this event, officer J. Lopez Atari was also sworn in.
“We are so proud of the K9 Unit, their dedication, love, and professionalism and even more for their expertise in this field, and they are here to stay,” the Police Commissioner Mrs. Trudy Hassel said in her speech. The K9 unit displayed the ability of the new K9s. Aruba can be very proud to have a dedicated team and ready for any eventual situation.