Monroe’s new K9, Nuke, ready to annihilate crime
Nuke, a German Shepherd named after a movie character, lays down at the Monroe City Council meeting last week.
MONROE — The Monroe Police Department’s new K9 tracker dog, Nuke, has already proven his worth.
Nuke made his first capture on May 22 for a crime involving a stolen red motorcycle that was found in the garage of an abandoned house at the 16500 block of 150th Street SE in Monroe. The bike was stolen in a south Snohomish County burglary from May 17. The criminal at first tried to flee until he found out Nuke was there and was already sniffing. The criminal gave up and surrendered.
Nuke’s full name, Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, came from Tim Robbins’ starring character in the movie “Bull Durham,” and was chosen by his handler Officer Jason Southard.
Nuke himself was imported from Germany and went through training earlier this year.
“We trained with the Seattle (Police Department) K9 unit school (because) they had an opening,” Southard said.
By training with Seattle Police, Monroe opened doors for continuing training in the future that otherwise couldn’t be given in Monroe due to lack of manpower.
“For them to keep their doors open to us is really cool,” Southard said. “It was a very long process (to get it started) and it’s been fun.”
Before getting paired with Nuke, Southard was with now-retired K9 Joker as his original trainer and worked for 10 years in Monroe’s K9 unit training. He voluntarily played the “bad guy” for training scenarios, called quarrying. Tracker K9s need constant training and challenges for their noses.
Nuke, who lives with Southard and his family, has already developed a keen sense for not only hunting or tracking assailants, but also for bonding with children. Southard’s young daughter, Shelby, is “Nuke’s biggest fan,” according to her mom Jennifer Southard.
“He’s like a pet at home, until Dad goes to work, and then he switches on and they go to work,” Jennifer Southard said.
Nuke has done well in tracking real bad guys in areas of Everett and Snohomish, Jason Southard said.
Nuke will be
doing a demonstration at Monroe’s National Night Out on Aug. 5.
Nuke “speaks” German. The original trainers in Germany trained him in English, but for the most part, he gets commands in German.