The Helena Police Department introduced their newest officer at the Capitol Building today, but this isn't your typical officer. He is from Europe and he has a very interesting name, meet Filu.
Filu isn't the only the newest member of the Helena Police Department, he is the only K-9 at the station. Filu is brand new to Helena as he moved here with his new owner and companion Officer Josh Ray after they trained together over the Summer.
"He begins his training over in Hungary and then is flown to the States and he stays in North Carolina, Springs Hope, North Carolina at a facility called Southern Police K-9 and that's where he receives all his other training, that is where I receive my training when I get there." says Officer Josh Ray.
Filu, a German Shepard and Malinois mix, is an I.E.D. detection K-9. Filu and Josh trained for a total of six weeks from July to August. The Helena Police Department applied for and was granted the money for Filu which was a total of $22,000. Filu makes the Helena Police Department the only civilian I.E.D. Explosive Detection K-9 in the entire State of Montana.
"He is also trained in patrol work, which includes tracking, criminal apprehension, and article searches or evident searches."
Filu and officer Josh Ray are assigned to the State Capitol Building working on daily building checks. Filu is only 15 months old, and Officer Josh Ray says filu still has plenty to learn.
"He is a good dog, he is very nice, he is pretty well behaved, he is still young so he still gotta little bit of learning to do , we still got to learn each other a little bit but he is working out good he is a good dog. "
Now the Helena Police Department and Officer Josh are very excited to be working with Filu. The next K-9 that this station is expecting will be in January and this time it will be a drug detection dog.