The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office has introduced their newest member of the K9 Unit and he is adorable! Chico and the deputy had to go through quite a bit of training, but are now certified and ready to serve the residents of Whiteside County.

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Residents of Whiteside County, you now have a new K9 serving you and working on the Whiteside County Sheriff force.

On Wednesday, the Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker announced on social media their newest addition to the force, K9 Chico. According to the post, Chico is a 1 1/2 year old, Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix. Chico was imported from Poland.

Officials say that recently, Deputy Nathan Peterson and Chico successfully completed a six week (240 hours) training program. After completion of that training, they are now North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) certified.

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office says in the post that the NAPWDA certification standards meet and actually exceed what is required by the state of Illinois for a police dog. According to the NAPWDA website, they say,

"We conduct in-service training throughout the year and hold a major national workshop yearly. Officers and their K9's attend these events for problem-solving, legal updates, new techniques in various phases of police work dog use and certifications to our standards."

Sheriff Booker ended the announcement by saying,

"We are excited to have you on our team, Chico and we know you will make a great addition to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office!"

Thank you for your service, Chico!

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