The Pendleton District of the Indiana State Police is welcoming two new K-9 units to its ranks.
The Indiana State Police said Pendleton Troopers Richard Clay and Thomas Ratliff graduated from the Indiana State Police K-9 Training School Friday with their new partners. The school was 12 weeks long and consisted of daily training on drug recognition, tracking, building searches, article searches, obedience, and handler protection.
While the K-9’s came to Indiana State Police untrained, The ISP said they can now detect drugs like heroin, marijuana, cocaine and meth as well as a variety of other drugs. They are also trained in tracking and apprehension. Trooper Clay’s new partner is “Yana,” and Ratliff’s new partner is “Tora.” Both K-9s are Belgian Malinois.
The K-9s are from Europe originally and were purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels near Peru, Indiana. The Pendleton District now has three K-9 units.