Bay City PD receives new K9

Bay City Police Department has a new canine.

Officer Keith Hatton traveled to Louisiana this past weekend to meet a potential new partner named Rico.

The two hit it off immediately.

They did some practice drills and seemed to make a great team.

Rico has not made it to Bay City yet.

Before he can come to his new home, he and Officer Hatton will have to attend a three week training.

After successful completion of the course Rico will begin his duties here with Officer Hatton. Rico comes from USK9 Unlimited, the same agency as Officer Hatton’s previous partner, Kim.

He is a two year old Belgian Malinois that came from the Netherlands. Rico is a dual purpose dog used for narcotics detection as well as patrol duties.

USK9 trains their dogs to use a “passive alert.” The passive alert allows Rico to give Officer Hatton a signal that he smells drugs without having him dig and paw at vehicles causing possible destruction of the paint job or vehicle’s interior.

He is also very friendly. Bay City Police Department looks forward to having Rico come home to join the family.

He should be here in late February or early March. Until then, Bay City will continue to work with Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office when a canine is needed.

They have graciously offered the services of Sgt. Philip Hester and his canine partner Maximus when needed.