Meet Raja, The Cloquet Police Department's New Officer

Posted at: 09/16/2013 5:48 PM
Updated at: 09/16/2013 10:56 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

The Cloquet Police Department has a new officer; she's 17 months old and has four legs.

K-9 Raja is a dutch shepherd that specializes in drug detention. She just got done with training in Iowa and it's her second week on the job.

"Hopefully she'll have a long career with the Cloquet Police Department," handler Scott Holman said.

Raja showed off her newly-learned skills with a demonstration Monday. Holman hid cocaine under a tackle box and after sniffing around, Raja sat down and looked at where it was.

Raja is trained with the reward of a squeaky ball. Once it comes out, so does Raja's inner puppy.

"Her energy is unbelievable," Holman said.

While Raja's skills are impressive, this K-9 has big paws to fill.

"It was a big decision to make, whether I wanted to take on a second dog," Holman said.

Holman's first partner, Tessa, died last year from cancer.

"It's definitely going to be a new learning experience," Holman said. "After having a dog for 14 years, you start all over again."

Raja was purchased thanks to community fundraising after Tessa died last year.

Holman and Raja will be available to assist neighboring agencies. They are also on the Lake Superior Drug Task Force.