About Our K-9 Unit
The Nixa Police Department has had K9 Units serving our community consecutively for since 2011. Currently, the department utilizes a Belgian Malinois. The American Kennel Club describes the canine also known as Mal as a smart, confident, and versatile world-class worker who forges an unbreakable bond with his human partner. To deny a Mal activity and the pleasure of your company is to deprive him of his very reasons for being.
The police canines are utilized for a variety of tasks. Their keen sense of smell makes them a superior locating tool. They are able to search confined spaces as well as large open areas, locate items of evidentiary value, and find illicit drugs and explosives material. They are also used to track suspects, and locate lost people such as children and Alzheimer’s patients
Our K9 is cross-trained to serve in both a patrol function as well as in drug detection. The K9 Team trains in a variety of locations throughout the country. The K9 Team is put through rigorous training exercises and must pass demanding certification tests annually to be classified as active with our department.
Current Team: Officer Hilburn and K9 Jack
K9 Jack was born in 2018 in Hungary and has an official Passport that allowed him entrance into the United States. He has been a member of the Nixa Police Department since January of 2020. He is currently partnered with Officer Ronald Hilburn who has been serving the Nixa community since 2016. Jack is a dual-purpose Belgian Malinois and is trained in narcotics detection, article location / searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension and handler protection. Both Jack and Officer Hilburn underwent an intensive six-week training program together in Denver, Indiana in 2020.
In October of 2020 the Nixa Police Department’s K9 officer, Jack, received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jack’s vest is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Captain David Dorn, St. Louis, MO- EOW 6/2/20”.
K9 Jack Fun Facts:
Jack’s favorite game: BSD boxes
Jack’s favorite toy: Kong Ball
Jack’s favorite off duty activity: Just being a dog and exploring.
Jack’s favorite off duty activity with Ofc. Hilburn: Fetch