K-9 Unit

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. 

K-9 Thor

Handler: Officer Matthew Oldham
Breed: German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois
Age: 18-months old
Country of origin: United States

K-9 Thor Headshot (png)

K-9 Hondo

Handler: Officer Brock Ackerman
Breed: Belgian Malinois
Age: 19-months old
Country of origin: Netherlands

K9 Hondo (PNG)

K-9 Bella

Handler: School Resource Officer Todd Pearson
Breed: Labrador mix
Age: 14-month old 
Country of origin: United States

West Fargo PD - K-9 Bella (png)

In honor & remembrance:

K-9 ToSti

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.

K9 ToSti (PNG)