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Boomer and Boris join Virginia Tech Police Department

December 11, 2008

Pictured left to right are, Officer Larry Wooddell, Boomer, Officer Keith Weaver, and Boris.
Pictured left to right are, Officer Larry Wooddell, Boomer, Officer Keith Weaver, and Boris.

Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum and the Virginia Tech Police Department are pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the department -- Boomer, a two year old yellow labrador retriever and Boris, a two-year old German shepherd.

Both K-9’s come to Virginia Tech from Germany by way of an Ohio police dog trainer and supplier.

Boomer and his handler, Officer Larry Wooddell, graduated from the Virginia State Police K-9 training school this summer. In addition to being Virginia Tech’s first explosives detection K-9, Boomer is also one of only a few such dogs in this region of Virginia.

Boris, the department’s new apprehension and narcotic detection K-9, replaces 11-year-old Hokie who has retired after eight years of service to the Virginia Tech community.

Boris’ handler, Officer Keith Weaver, says “the addition of K-9’s to the department has been a great tool for building relationships with the students.”

The departments first retiring K-9, Hokie, will spend his retirement with Officer Weaver and his family.

For more information about the Virginia Tech Police Department or its K-9 program, visit the department website.

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