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Valpo police welcome 18-month-old Dutch Shepherd to department
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Valpo police welcome 18-month-old Dutch Shepherd to department

Valparaiso Police Department welcomes new K9

Lt. Jerame Simpson welcomed his third K9 partner, K9 Keno, to the Valparaiso Police Department last week. 

VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso Police Department welcomed a new four-legged colleague. 

K9 Keno, an 18 month old Dutch Shepherd, was purchased using funds from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council Community Grant and was assigned to Lt. Jerame Simpson.

The new duo recently completed full utility training at F.M K9 of Berrier Springs, Michigan, where K9 Keno was purchased, according to a release from the department. K9 Keno is now certified in narcotic detection, tracking, building/area search, article search and obedience. The certification falls within the North American Police Work Dog Association standards, which all Valparaiso Police K9 teams meet annually.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

Simpson is a 15-year veteran of the department and a career K9 handler. K9 Keno is his third partner in 13 years. The release said Simpson is currently assigned to the Patrol Division, where he serves as a crew leader and supervisor. 

He is “excited to be working with K9 Keno,” the release said. Simpson and K9 Keno had their first shift together last week, after celebrating the retirement of Simpson’s previous partner, Rico.

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AnnMarie Hilton is an education reporter for The Times. She grew up in a Chicago suburb and studied journalism at Northwestern University. Before coming to The Times, she worked as a business reporter in Wisconsin.

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