The Clintonville Police Department has announced the addition of its new police dog Chero (pronounced Kar-O) to the force.
Chero is a purebred German Shepherd from the Czech Republic and was purchased through the Fox-Tal Training Academy in Black Creek.
Chero started training on Nov. 10 with his handler, Clintonville Police Officer Chris Wendorf. Chero is being trained as a dual-purpose police dog that will be skilled in narcotics detection, as well as search and protection tactics.
Chero will begin his patrol duties after completion of his first five week phase of training, Friday, Dec. 12. After Chero has gained experience on the street, he and Officer Wendorf will begin the second five weeks of the training in early spring. Chero will reside with Wendorf and his wife Cheryl in the city.
The Police Department Canine Program operates on donations and fundraising efforts by the Clintonville Police Department. Donations cans are placed at businesses throughout the community. The police department welcomes any financial support to help keep this program in operation.
Financial contributions can be dropped off or mailed to the Clintonville Police Department at 35 South Clinton Avenue, Clintonville, WI 54929.