Tulia adds Officer, First Ever K-9 to Police Force

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 07/03 2014 11:57AM

Updated 07/03 2014 05:48PM

TULIA -- The City of Tulia recently hired Anthony Longoria as a patrol officer for the Tulia Police Department. Officer Longoria not only brings his experience as a four-year police veteran, he also brings his partner, “Mirko” to the department. Mirko is a three year old, single purpose, German Shepherd, imported from the Netherlands and trained to detect narcotics.

“This is the first ever canine drug detection dog for the City of Tulia,” said Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough. “We are thrilled to have Officer Longoria and Mirko as members of our department and we look forward to watching them work in our community.”

Mirko is a passive alert detection canine, according to Chief Yarbrough, which means that when he detects the scent of narcotics, he sits rather than scratches. “This provides an added benefit for us and the public because his detection method does not result in damage to personal property,” said Yarbrough.

Officer Longoria said, “Mirko and I are happy to be in Tulia as a police and K-9 team. We look forward to providing the best of our training, experience, and service not only to the community but to Tulia ISD.” 

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