K9 Lakota

At the beginning of April 2020, the Barre Town Police Department continued their K9 program when they acquired K9 Lakota at eight weeks old.  K9 Lakota is a German Shepherd from a local kennel in Franklin, VT.  Corporal Leo de Prato was chosen to be her handler.  The day after acquiring her, their training began.  In January of 2021, they attended the Drug Detection School located at the Vermont Police Academy.  Six weeks later, they received their certification in drug detection.  K9 Lakota is certified to find heroin, crack, cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy.   

During the summer months of 2021, K9 Lakota and Corporal de Prato attended the K9 Basic Patrol School, also located at the Vermont Police Academy.  Over a period of sixteen weeks, they learned man tracking, evidence detection, building searches, apprehension, handler protection, and obedience.   

K9 Lakota and Corporal de Prato take time out of every day to train.  However, they have at least two dedicated training days a month with Chief Dodge, who holds a K9 Trainer certification through the Vermont Police Academy.   

K9 Lakota has been an important asset to  Barre Town and surrounding communities as she has aided in drug removal, locating offenders, finding missing persons, and helping bridge the gap between the community and the police.   

As there are a limited number of police canines throughout the state, Corporal de Prato and K9 Lakota make themselves available to assist other law enforcement agencies. In return, other police canine teams assist Barre Town Police when Lakota isn’t available. Lakota visits many schools and civic organizations, as did the BTPD K9s before her, to explain the important work police canines do and show off their skills. 

Feel free to contact Corporal de Prato or Chief Dodge at the police department if you would like a demonstration for your organization, or just stop by to say hello.