The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department introduced their newest officer today, K9 Rossi, a 17-month-old Belgian Malinois.
Rossi and his handler, Officer Tanner Freeman, recently spent 12 weeks in Oxford, Florida at Police Service Dogs Training Center (PSDTC) training together as a team. Rossi was imported from Europe to the PSDTC where he was chosen by TAPD.
Rossi will work with Officer Freeman in Narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, building searching and tracking.
Commercial National Bank Chief Executive Officer Julia Mobley donated $8,000 and 8th Judicial District South Prosecutor Stephanie Potter Black donated $8,000 towards Rossi’s purchase.
“The Police Department is very thankful for both of these donors and their constant support of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department,” said TAPD in a press release. “Without their generosity, we would not have been able to purchase Rossi and provide a valuable tool for law enforcement within our community.”