The Waterloo Police Department would like to announce the retirement of one of their K9’s. K9 Spike, whom joined the Waterloo Police Department in September 2007, was recently retired in May of this year after sustaining an injury while working. Spike was unable to return to duty due to the injury, and in turn was retired.
K9 Spike, and his handler Officer Al Bovy served the citizens of Waterloo with great success. They were responsible for the location and seizure of large quantities of illegal narcotics, as well as the location and apprehension of multiple violent offenders.
Following K9 Spike’s retirement, the Waterloo Police Department was able to purchase a new K9 to replace K9 Spike. K9 Niko was purchased and brought back to Waterloo, where he is currently undergoing training. Just as the Waterloo Police Department’s other three K9’s are, K9 Niko is being trained in the areas of narcotics detection, suspect apprehension, handler protection, building searches, area searches and tracking suspects/lost persons.
Niko is a Belgian Malinois that came from Europe, and was born in Slovakia. Officer Al Bovy, a twelve year veteran of the Waterloo Police Department, will handle Niko following the retirement of his previous partner, K9 Spike.
All purchased K9’s are brought back to Waterloo, where the K9 and the handler are trained here in Waterloo by a nationally certified trainer that is on staff at the Waterloo Police Department.
The Waterloo Police Department’s K9 Unit is solely funded by community donations. The Waterloo Police Department, and the K9 Unit, would like to thank all of the community partners that have donated money and services to the K9 Unit, making this endeavor possible.
WPD K9 Unit Contact: Sgt. A.W. Farmer
Attached are photos of K9 Spike, as well as Officer Al Bovy and K9 Niko