WPD Welcomes New K-9

The Woodburn Police Department’s newest K-9, Enzo, is now with his handler, Officer Adam Stewart, and the two are in the midst of a bonding time before heading to seven weeks of training in October.

“He’s not read to be deployed yet and we are getting to know each other before we head off to training,” Stewart said. “He’s doing great, is friendly and has met most of the department, but he’s still a puppy.”

Enzo replaces Rudy, who retired in February and has been adopted by Stewart, who has been a Woodburn police officer for eight years, including six as a K-9 officer.

Enzo is a 15-month Belgian Malinois and was purchased through the Lavelle Black K-9 Trust fund and joins Bart, Woodburn’s other K-9 unit with Officer Zach Williams.

Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris said having K-9 units are vital to police departments.

“Police K9 programs are an effective tool for locating suspects, evidence and lost or missing persons,” he said. “We are fortunate to have City leadership and a community that supports and recognizes the importance of the utility of a K9 program.”

The plan is for Enzo to be deployed sometime in November.

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