It's hard to beat the satisfaction of hitting a goal after going through rigorous training that both taxes the body and mind. That sense of satisfaction was recently felt by a new member of the Duluth Police Department and his partner, who trained with him.

Duluth Police shared the exciting news this week through their Facebook page that they have proudly welcomed the fourth member of their K9 Division, K9 Gus.

They added that Officer Nate Abbott and K9 Gus began K9 School on February 12th and graduated on May 23rd. Their first day on the job together was on Monday, May 27. Chief Mike Ceynowa says this addition to their K9 Division is beneficial to keeping the community and their officers safe.

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Meet K9 Gus And Officer Nate Abbott

K9 Gus is a 2-year-old Dutch Shepard from Poland. He specializes in narcotic detection, tracking, article searching, and apprehension.

Officer Abbott has been part of the Duluth Police Department for three years and has been an officer for nine years. He’s a member of the Tactical Response Team, a Firearms Instructor, and now is a K9 Handler.

“I am excited for this new chapter in my career,” said Officer Nate Abbott. “I also look forward to continuing to remove harmful substances from the streets and attending a variety of community events with Gus.”

Officer Nate Abbott & K9 Gus / Duluth Police Department Facebook
Officer Nate Abbott & K9 Gus / Duluth Police Department Facebook

Meet The Rest Of The Duluth Police Department's K9 Units

K9 Gus is the fourth member of the Duluth Police Department's K9 Division. According to the AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation, he joined a dedicated team that already included:

  • K9 Maverick: K-9 Maverick is a black lab that specializes in narcotics detection. Born in the U.S.A. in 2021, Maverick joined the Duluth Police Department in 2022. He is partnered with Investigator Taylor Stutsman and serves as part of the Lake Superior Violent Offender Task Force.
  • K9 Kallie: K-9 Kallie is a Black Labrador Retriever, born in July 2018. She specializes in explosives detection and searching for firearms/shell casings, and has helped sweep areas for explosives for visits from Presidents, Vice Presidents, Governors, Senators, and people from many other levels of Government. She is partnered with Officer Jeremy O’Connor.
  • K9 Vili: K-9 Vili is a mix of Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd. He was born in Hungary in October 2018 and joined the Duluth Police Department in June 2020, where he works with Officer Josh Aubart. K-9 Vili is trained in narcotics detection, article search, tracking, and apprehension.

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