Oakley joined the department in 2012 and works with Officer Marc Johnson. Bred in Czechoslovakia and trained at Top Dog K9 Academy in Evansville, Indiana, Oakley is a purebred German Shepherd who was purchased thanks to a generous donation from AMSOIL.
He is a dual purpose dog, trained in both human apprehension and narcotics detection. In February 2013 he assisted with “Operation Crackdown”, a multi-agency sting that resulted in the arrests of more than 30 of the Twin Ports’ more notorious drug offenders.
Describing his K-9 partner, Officer Johnson says, “Above all else, as is the case with most police canines, Oakley loves to work. Days off are the worst! He likes to go for runs and chase after his favorite toy – his Kong.”
Hondo is the newest member of the DPD K-9 team. He was born in 2014 and joined Duluth Police in December of 2015. His partner is Officer Rob Hurst. A German Shepherd, Hondo specializes in explosives detection, and tracking/locating people. Hondo and Hurst (yes, we think that’s a great name for this duo) are also part of the DPD Tactical Response Team. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow along with their adventures at @DuluthPD_S18.