According to a release by the Duncan Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Duncan Police Department (DPD) has some new paws on the roster.
“Master Officer Nathan Hicks traveled to Torchlight K9 to receive the much anticipated delivery of his new trained K9, Ringo, today (Nov. 18),” it read. “Hicks was the newest selected K9 Officer at our department filling a position formally filled by Master Officer Christian Archer.”
The release said Archer was originally going to be the new K9 handler but due “to unforeseen circumstances (he) needed to resign from the position.”
However Archer helped secure much of the donations which helped purchase Ringo.
“Because retirement of Working Dogs can sometimes be a surprise, the Duncan Police Department has difficulty budgeting for new K9’s and relies heavily on donors to fund the purchase of new working dogs,” the release stated.
The FOP and DPD wanted to extend thanks to the many donors who “gave from their heart to make this possible.”
The list included members of New Hope Baptist Church West, Howard and Barbara Woodruff, The Blue Knights of Oklahoma and people who gave through the GoFundMe page.
“We hope to bring you good news about our other K9 in the very near future,” the statement said.
After being paired with a K9, officers must complete several weeks of one-on-one training before they are able to work with the public.