NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The North Kingstown Police Department is welcoming its newest four-legged officer.
K-9 Roko is an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois from Czechoslovakia.
After 12 weeks of training at the Rhode Island K-9 Academy, Roko and his handler officer John Barker have been certified as a police patrol dog team.
The department said Roko will eventually be trained as a narcotics detection dog as well.
Roko’s adoption and training were fully funded through a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
The grant opportunity was unanimously approved by the North Kingstown Town Council last year.