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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 9, 2005

UI Police Get New Furry, Four-Legged Officer

The University of Iowa Police Department has added a new officer to its newly established K-9 Unit; Aro, a 2-year old German Shepherd with prior experience locating explosives in the Middle East.

Aro is the first dog to join the UI police force. He and his handler, Officer J.T. Egli, recently completed five weeks of training at Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind., where they trained in detecting bombs, searching buildings for unauthorized persons, tracking criminals, searching for lost persons, evidence searches, suspect pursuit and apprehension, and protection of the handler.

Chuck Green, UI director of public safety, said a grant from the Department of Homeland Security was used to purchase Aro and items for his upkeep. Additional funds came from Pet Land, Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails veterinary clinics, NCS Pearson, L.L. Pelling & Co., Fesler's, Somnath Inc., Robert and Erma Wolf, and Sharon and Bill Bryant. Green said the National Association of Police Chiefs provided a matching grant.

While the university's department of public safety will maintain the K-9 Unit, Green said Aro and Egli will also be used by the Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad and other law enforcement agencies in Iowa City and Johnson County. Some of Egli's, prior experience includes three years of service with the U.S. Army in demolitions, as well as training dogs with his father. Egli is a current member of the Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad. He participated in Hazmat Tech level training and is scheduled to attend five weeks of training in February for FBI Hazardous Device School.

Egli and Aro will be assigned to the second shift and their basic duties will include general patrol, bomb searches for major events and incidents involving suspicious packages.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.