NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department has welcomed two new K9 pups to the force.
Jo is a 2-year- old German shepherd and Carlos is an 18–month-old Belgian Malinois.
Both dogs were born in Europe and were transferred to the United States, where they arrived in New Orleans with their handlers on October 13.
The handlers and canines have already completed a four week basic handlers course in Lafayette to acclimate themselves with their new partners.
According to NOPD, the next five to six weeks will be delegated to specific oriented training of the handlers and their assigned canines which will include divisional and policy procedures
The extensive training will be led by NOPD Canine Trainer Harold Chambliss.
Jo and Carlos will be dual-trained in explosives and munitions, where they'll be responsible for finding guns and spent casings on crime scenes.
They will also be tasked with patrol work, so citizens can expect to see them working most special events in the Eighth District and other surrounding areas.
Most of the NOPD's canines are trained in multiple ways and form strong bonds with their human handler through training, working and living together.