Here is information recently released by the Valparaiso Police from the department's 2013 summary (the info is also at the Valparaiso Police Department's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Valparaiso-Police-Department/332154696891707?fref=ts )
2013 K9 Summary
The K-9 Unit includes Officer Todd Kobi...tz and K9 Geist, Officer Jerame Simpson and K9 Cairo and Officer Joe Hall and K9 Femmy. The K-9 program is coordinated by Officer Todd Kobitz. The K-9 program was responsible for 82 narcotic finds in 2013, bring their total narcotic finds to 1280 since the year 2000, (the initiation of the program). A narcotic find is defined as the dogs locating actual drugs/or items of paraphernalia with drug residue. In 2013 the K-9s were responsible for 68 arrests. The K-9’s were used a total of 278 times in 2013, a total of 40 uses were for building searches or tracking uses.
In May of 2013 the K-9 team and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 76 sponsored their 2nd annual 5K road race to raise money for the program. The event once again, was a huge success, with more than 200 runners and walkers participating in the event. The K-9 team would like to thank all their sponsors and runners for their participation in this year’s event!
In September the K-9 team hosted the North America Police Workdog Association (NAPWDA) fall training workshop/conference. K-9 Officers and their K-9 partners from across Indiana and neighboring states evaded Valparaiso for the workshop. The event was a huge success and concluded with a huge public display that included drug searches, tracking suspects, apprehending suspects, K-9 obedience and locating explosives.
On a sad note—On October 29, 2013 recently retired K-9 Frida lost her battle with cancer. She has been greatly missed.