Lawrence Twp. receives second K-9 as part of pilot program

(Provided Photo/Lawrence Township Schools)
(Provided Photo/Lawrence Township Schools)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Lawrence Township has received a second K-9 specializing in weapons and explosives detection as part of a pilot program.

The district received Niko from K9s4Cops, a Houston-based nonprofit organization that grants fully-trained K-9s to law enforcement agencies, school districts and colleges. Lawrence Township is the first school district in the nation to acquire two K-9s through the program.

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(Provided Photo/Lawrence Township Schools)

Through a grant, the district received Niko at no cost. In addition, Officer Matt Brandenburg of the Lawrence Police Department spent six weeks in Houston training with Niko as his handler.

According to a release, detection dogs have more flexible lifestyle and are allowed to live in their handler’s home.

The district said that having Niko will provide a higher level of security in schools. In addition to being used in Lawrence Township schools and at school events, Niko will also be available to the Lawrence Police Department.

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(Provided Photo/Lawrence Township Schools)

Niko joins fellow K-9 Axel, who was acquired by Lawrence Township through the K9s4Cops program in 2015.