Meet and Greet with Marion K-9 Officer "Loeki"

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By WSIL Reporter

MARION  --  K-9 officers serve a unique role in the police force. They're a big help when it comes to detecting small clues when humans cannot.

The Marion Police Department uses their dog, Loeki, to research for narcotics, find evidence and apprehend suspects.

She is a four year old Belgian Malinois. 

Her handler, Officer Justin Francis, uses Dutch commands to control her. 
 
He says when she's at home she's just your typical dog, but when she's at work she's a vital tool for the police force.
 
Loeki will go through regular training throughout her career. K-9 officers generally work for up to 10 years before they retire.
 
The Marion Police Department will get another dog this August.
 
You have a chance to meet Loeki at the Marion Carnegie Library. They're having a meet and greet this Monday at 3:00 p.m. It's open to the public.  

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