Department updates fleet of vehicles
replaced three older vehicles with newer models recently to update the department's fleet. A 2013 Chevrolet Silverado
1500 4WD crew cab was put into service in March of 2013. Broken Bow Police Department added two 2012 black
and white Impalas on April 24, 2012. Chief Steve Scott is shown with the new vehicles in the photos below.
|Chief Scott with the new Chevy Silverado
|Chief Scott and a cruiser with decals added.
|Chief Steve Scott with one of the new Impalas
Buddy, aids investigations
Officer Dalen Wood is shown below with the department's new dual-purpose K-9, Buddy.
After Broken Bow Police Department welcomed Buddy, a Dutch
shepherd K-9, to the department on June 20, 2009, he got called to duty the very next day, according to K-9 Officer Dalen
"He was deployed to bring an aggressive
prisoner out of the back of a patrol car, and it worked," Wood said.
The 16-month-old black and brindle canine was imported from Czechoslovakia and takes his commands in Czech, Wood said. Broken
Bow Police Department purchased Buddy from Worldwide Canine, Inc., in Spring Branch, Texas. The addition of a drug dog to
the department was made possible thanks to a grant of $8,500 from the Custer County Foundation, used to purchase
the dog, and a grant of $2,500 from the Custer County Drug Board, used to fund training for Buddy and Officer Wood.
Wood spent three weeks in Spring Branch, Texas, where he and Buddy trained
together before the new dog was put into service. During the training, Wood and Buddy did drug searches in jails, halfway
houses and dorms, where Buddy did find drugs.
K-9 is a dual-purpose dog who can search for the odor of narcotics, search and track humans and bite on command. He can sniff
out the odor of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and some other drugs as well.
He tracks humans through ground displacement, Wood explained, sniffing to detect where someone
steps, which doesn't smell the same as the ground around it. He can sniff across dirt, concrete, sand or water.
Buddy replaced Wood's 11-year-old K-9, Charly, who is finally retired and "living
comfortably" at Wood's home. During his career, Charly helped Wood find one of the largest state highway seizure of drugs
"Buddy's got some big shoes to fill,"
Wood said. "Because Charly's awesome."