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Meet Drax: The newest member of RPD’s K-9 unit

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 3:33 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - There’s a new Reno Police Department K-9 in town and the community got to meet him on Tuesday at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center

The City of Reno introduced the newest four-legged member of RPD’s K-9 Unit, Drax.

The department also honored Thor as he headed into retirement.

The Reno Police Department honors K-9 Thor as he heads off into retirement.
The Reno Police Department honors K-9 Thor as he heads off into retirement.(KOLO / Mike Stefansson)

Thor is only seven years old, but owner Dan Knox has put in ten years as a K-9 officer and will now head back to patrol.

Drax is two years old and is partnered with new K-9 officer Derek Jones. Both pairs said this takes the term ‘man’s best friend’ to a whole new level.

“You get done with a stressful call and you look in the backseat and he’s smiling at you having a good time. It’s just good all the way around,” said Officer Jones.

“It’s a really tight, special bond unlike any I’ve ever had with a pet dog before. It’s a sad but good day. He gets to go home and spend some time relaxing now, whereas he misses the work already,” said Officer Knox about Thor’s retirement.

The K-9 Unit is made up of highly trained officers and police service dogs who are prepared and equipped to assist with critical incidents which go beyond the scope of normal police operations. They also handle routine calls for service, assist officers with narcotics and explosive searches, and are called upon to do demonstrations.

Currently, the K-9 unit is composed of four dual purpose police service dogs and one explosive ordnance detection police service dog.

Welcome to the team, Drax, and thank you, Thor, for your service!

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