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The Pleasant Hill Police Department has increased in size, adding a K-9 named “Rook” to the force. Rook and his handler, Officer Jason Burke, have begun their patrol together of the Pleasant Hill community. Rook is a two year old Belgian Malinois. Officer Burke and K-9 Rook have completed training through Canine Tactical of Iowa.
“Public safety is a priority for our community and the region,” said Mayor Sara Kurovski. “It ensures our high quality of life remains intact. Bringing Rook into the team, will help the Pleasant Hill Police Department tackle crime more effectively.”
Rook will be a member of the Des Moines Metro Special Tactics and Response (S.T.A.R.) team, the only K-9 in the unit. S.T.A.R. operates as a specialized squad within the Homeland Security Bureau, providing personnel trained in the use of specialized equipment to handle a wide variety of critical incidents including hazardous materials, waterway operations, escort and protection, and other tactical situations.
The Police Department would like to remind the public that Rook is working dog. Officer Burke must provide permission before approaching the dog in order for Rook to focus on the safety of the Community.