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ISP Pendleton Gets Two New K-9 Units

Troopers Richard Clay and Thomas Ratliff and their K-9 partners graduated from ISP K-9 Training School on Friday.

PENDLETON, Ind. – There was a  different kind of graduation ceremony on Friday for two members of the Indiana State Police.

Troopers Richard Clay and Thomas Ratliff, both from the ISP Pendleton District, graduated from ISP K-9 Training School with their partners. Trooper Clay’s new partner is "Yana", and Ratliff’s new partner is "Tora".

The school was 12 weeks long and included daily training on tracking, searches, obedience, and drug recognition. 

The K-9s came to ISP untrained but can now detect drugs, track criminals and apprehend suspects. Yana and Tora are Belgian Malinois, a breed originally from Europe. They were purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels near Peru. 

With Tora and Yana on the force, ISP Pendleton District now has three K-9 units.

(Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police/Pendleton District.)

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