Roseville’s newest four-legged law enforcement tool and friend started his official training Monday.
Loki, a German shepherd. and his handler Officer Brandon Quinn, joins two other dogs in the department, Chase and Brock.
“We picked him up at the Shallow Creek Kennels in West Virginia and he enters the Oakland Police Academy today,” said Deputy Police Chief Mitch Berlin.
The cost of the six-week training is about $8,500, which is coming out of the police department’s drug forfeiture fund, police said.
Berlin said Loki will be trained how to detect narcotics, subject resistance, tracking of missing people and suspects, and public relations with the community. Once the dog is trained, he will accompany Quinn on police runs and respond to requests for a K9 from Roseville and other departments.
The typical life of a K9 is about eight years, depending on a variety of factors, including injuries and health.
Students at Eastland Middle School selected Loki’s name back in May.
Officer Quinn and Loki visited the school on a lunch period to allow the kids a chance to meet the pair and learn about what it takes to become a K9, said Monica Gabriel, principal at Eastland Middle School.
The students then generated a list of about 10 names, which was eventually narrowed down to five.
“We had an online survey for all of the students to vote on and Loki was the commanding leader. He won the survey big time,” Gabriel said. “The kids thought the name was pretty cool.”
Loki is the also the name of Marvel Studios character, who is known as the God of Mischief.
According to a Facebook post on the police department page, Officer Quinn and Loki were scheduled to make an appearance at the Roseville Neighborhood Watch Group meeting Monday evening.