The Westport Police Department is proud to announce the addition of Police Service Dog Koda to its ranks.
Koda and his handler Officer James Loomer completed two months of training receiving certification in
narcotics detection and patrol work. Koda is a Belgian Malinois from Hungary and is 18 months old.
The Westport Police Department would like to thank those who donated to the K9 Unit during a recent
fundraising effort. From the numerous donations received, the unit was able to purchase Koda, as well as
a new patrol vehicle dedicated to his future service. The vehicle comes equipped with the latest kennel
system including a heat monitoring system that detects if the temperature in the vehicle is too hot. The
system automatically rolls down the windows, activates a fan affixed to the side of the kennel, and alerts the
handler via siren, and pager.

The police department looked for the community’s involvement by asking for help naming the new police
service dog. As a result, it will be recognizing a local youth who came up with the name Koda during
its “name the dog” contest.

By Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

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