K9 Yaro was purchased by the Springfield Police Department in the summer of 2013. K9 Yaro and Officer Tate began a ten-week training certification in October of 2013 and completed the course in December of 2013. During that time, K9 Yaro and Officer Tate were trained in the areas of narcotics detection, article searches, tracking, obedience, agility and criminal apprehension.K9 Yaro is certified by the USPCA (United States Police Canine Association) as a Narcotics Detector Dog and a Level One Patrol Dog. Officer Tate and Yaro attend training twice a month as required by USPCA standards.
The mission of the K9 Officer is to provide a trained K9 to assist in the prevention and detection of crime and for such other duties as may be directed by the Chief of Police.
Yaro was specifically chosen for his personality traits and characteristics that were desired by the Department.Yaro’s regular job duties include locating narcotics in vehicles, tracking felony suspects who may have fled on foot, locating burglary suspects in buildings, finding various articles that may have been used in crimes, and apprehending violent wanted suspects.