Officer Karo, a Dutch Shepherd from Holland, will be officer Colbey Webster’s new canine partner around March 21. The Catoosa City Council approved the acquisition Feb. 7 at their regular meeting.
“Karo still has a few more weeks of training, then he’s good to go,” Webster said.
The overwhelming need to stop the transportation and use of illegal narcotics in Catoosa is why there is a need for the K-9 officer, according to Webster.
Karo, who is 18 months old, will be a full-patrol dog and will be used mainly in the detection of narcotics. But he’ll also be certified in tracking, search and rescue, criminal apprehension, and building searches.
“Training will be done every day, whether it’s tracking or narcotics training, just to keep him sharp and both of us at the top of our game,” Webster stated. “Future training will all be done for free and will consist of honing the skills he already has and will be training for advanced handler certifications.”
Webster and Karo will be together 24/7.
“Karo will be living with me,” Webster said. “Due to the relationship needed between the handler and the dog, Karo and I will do almost everything together — eat, work, play and workout together.”
Webster grew up raising and training rotweillers.
“I love dogs and am looking forward to working with Karo,” he said.
Karo was purchased from Tulsa-based Canine Unlimited and trained by Scott Tarpley. Webster said he received referrals about Tarpley from Claremore, Broken Arrow, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and several other agencies.
“I decided to go with him due to the training style and track record of the dogs he has previously trained,” Webster told the Times. “He allows Karo to be around people, other dogs and children, so he will be the ideal dog to use in schools and public events.”
Webster began asking businesses for donations in January. When he approached Melton Truck Lines, they donated the entire cost of Karo — $8,900. CMC Recycling donated $3,000, which will cover the installation cost of Karo’s cage inside Webster’s patrol car.
Karo’s cage is top of the line, Webster told the council. It is temperature-regulated, so that if it gets too hot inside the car, the windows will automatically go down. And if Officer Webster gets into a bad situation, he can remotely open the doors and cage and let Officer Karo can come to Webster’s aid.
Other businesses that have contributed to the project include BLM, RCB Bank, Bank of the Lakes and Catoosa Small Animal Hospital.
“We have many verbal commitments still pending, and we are still needing money for equipment,” Webster added.
Anyone interested in donating can contact Webster at the Catoosa Police Department at (918) 266-2424 during business hours.