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The Su-paw K-9: Audubon PD Welcomes K-9 Unit

There’s a new officer in town and she’s totes adorbs. What’s better than a 2 legged officer? Try outrunning one with 4. Earlier this year the Audubon Police Department welcomed their first K-9 officer since the 80’s. Disney graduated from obedience school and went on to police training and passed all the tests. Only about half of the dogs that enter this program graduate. 

Officer Clouden who is Disney’s partner/handler graduated from the K-9 police Training Academy in March but had been a police officer longer. He started working with Disney a week later. The desire to be a police k-9 handler started decades ago and his dream finally came true. Growing up in Willingboro he got to see the police k-9 demonstrations in elementary school which is when his fascination for these k-9’s began. 

It took a lot of patience, time, drive and research on his side to restart Audubon’s k-9. In addition to needing support from the community, which he received plenty of. Disney spends most of the work day patrolling and doing traffic stops. Disney’s a single purpose dog which means her duties are used for tracking, lost persons location, or cadaver detection. The 225 million scent receptors in her nose aids her in doing that. Another category of K-9 police dogs is dual purpose. Dual purpose dogs can be used for all detection work, but also for protection or security work too. 

Disney works hard everyday. Disney’s eagerness to work is what Officer Clouden likes best about working with Disney. Disney’s devotion to her career is admirable. At the end of her work day, she goes home with Officer Clouden. It’s that type of bonding and companionship that sets these two apart from other officers. Audubon is very fortunate to have Disney. Best of luck to Disney and Officer Clouden sniffing out one perp at a time. If you see Disney at work remember she is working and not looking for pets, but you can say “hi” to officer Clouden and thank him and Disney for keeping us safe. 

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Hi, My name is Lily and i'm  a junior at AHS. I'm in 5 clubs: Spanish, Environmental, Project memorial, Civics, and interact. I also just started my own club called Wellness Club. I decided to write because at first it was just an outlet to write my feelings and now hopefully give others the feeling they aren't alone.

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