The West Fargo Police Department has four officers and their canine partners assigned to this specialized unit. The K-9s handle all areas of regular patrol work, but are available for specialized roles such as:
Burglary or robbery response
Crime in-progress calls
Area and building searches
Vehicle and narcotic searches
Tracking and apprehension of fleeing suspects
Searching for lost persons
Community engagement opportunities
Comfort dog capabilities
The K-9 Unit goes through ongoing training to maintain and improve skills. Some of the dogs are cross-trained to specialize in more than one area. The West Fargo Police Department currently has one German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross, one Belgian Malinois and a Labrador mix.
When not at work, the K-9s live with their handlers and are a part of their families.
Handler: Officer Matthew Oldham Breed: German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois Age: 18-months old Country of origin: United States
Handler: Officer Brock Ackerman Breed: Belgian Malinois Age: 19-months old Country of origin: Netherlands
Handler: School Resource Officer Todd Pearson Breed: Labrador mix Age: 14-month old Country of origin: United States
In honor & remembrance:
On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, West Fargo Police Department’s K-9 ToSti passed away unexpectedly due to an unforeseen medical emergency while off duty.
K-9 ToSti was a 7-year-old Dutch Shepherd from Holland. K-9 ToSti joined the West Fargo Police Department in November 2015 and was paired with handler Officer Ben Orr. K-9 ToSti was deployed over 800 times for tasks including narcotic detection, suspect tracking, building searches and article recovery.
K-9 ToSti had been deployed to support the West Fargo Police Department, Fargo Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Moorhead Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Red River Valley SWAT, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The department’s thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Orr and his family for the loss of a very valuable member of the K-9 Unit and police department family.