The Department proudly implemented its first ever Police K9 Unit in November of 2014. The unit consists of a handler and one police canine (Boris).
K9 Boris is a 22 month old German Shepherd originating from Slovakia and purchased by the Department in June of 2014 from Midwest K9 in Des Moines, IA. Boris spent the summer of 2014 training with Midwest K9’s master trainers, and then completed an extensive training program with his initial handler, Officer Copeland in the fall of 2014.
Boris is trained in narcotics / drug detection, suspect apprehension, article recovery and protective patrol tactics.
In May of 2015, Officer Copeland and K9 Boris were one of only three K9 Teams to receive perfect scores during recertification training.
Following the passing of Officer Copeland in November of 2015, K9 Boris was transported to his trainer, where he has been receiving care and continued training. The Department will select a replacement handler in the coming weeks, and at that time Boris and the new handler will begin bonding and will resume training.
It is the Department's full intent to continue Officer Copeland's legacy and memory in our continued work with Boris. Officer Copeland poured his life into creating a K9 Unit that served the department and McFarland community very well. We will see to it that his efforts are continued.
The unit is funded solely through donations and fundraising. Anyone interested in making a donation to the fund may contact Chief Craig Sherven at firstname.lastname@example.org.