New Vermont State Police K-9 to train in New Hampshire

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Vermont State Police welcomed its newest member Wednesday — a 9-week-old plott hound named Loki. >> Download the FREE WMUR app According to state officials, she’s the organization’s first hound dog in more than 30 years. She is expected to specialize in tracking missing people and fugitives. Capt. Mike Manley said the Loki’s breed is ideal for this type of work, and she will add a critical service that can assist troopers. “We are always looking to enhance our capabilities and the service that we provide Vermonters,” Manley said. “The biggest advantage to having a plott hound is that they can track old scents. You can’t get any better than a hound for tracking.”Loki is scheduled to spend the next few weeks acclimating to her new surroundings. In early March, she will begin a 15-week training program with New Hampshire State Police on obedience, tracking, searching and evidence recovery. After training Loki is scheduled to join state police in its St. Albans barracks and will be able to respond statewide. She will be joining a K-9 unit of 16 patrol dogs, four bomb-detection dogs and one arson dog. Officials with state police said they will consider adding more hounds to the K-9 unit if training with Loki is successful.

Vermont State Police welcomed its newest member Wednesday — a 9-week-old plott hound named Loki.

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According to state officials, she’s the organization’s first hound dog in more than 30 years. She is expected to specialize in tracking missing people and fugitives.

Capt. Mike Manley said the Loki’s breed is ideal for this type of work, and she will add a critical service that can assist troopers.

“We are always looking to enhance our capabilities and the service that we provide Vermonters,” Manley said. “The biggest advantage to having a plott hound is that they can track old scents. You can’t get any better than a hound for tracking.”

Loki

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Loki, a 9-week-old Plott Hound, poses for a photo at the Vermont State Police headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont. 

Loki is scheduled to spend the next few weeks acclimating to her new surroundings. In early March, she will begin a 15-week training program with New Hampshire State Police on obedience, tracking, searching and evidence recovery.

After training Loki is scheduled to join state police in its St. Albans barracks and will be able to respond statewide. She will be joining a K-9 unit of 16 patrol dogs, four bomb-detection dogs and one arson dog.

Officials with state police said they will consider adding more hounds to the K-9 unit if training with Loki is successful.

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