Bingo Joins the Force


It seems that the Idaho State Police department is putting its trust in Bingo. It's not the game we know and love in its usual sense but rather in the form of a dog.

The department has opted to revive its canine program. The Golden Retriever/Labrador mix called Bingo, or B for short, is the latest officer to join the force. In fact, Bingo and his handler are all there is to Idaho's current K-9 unit.

Bingo's handler, Trooper Steve Otto said, "Bingo's done very well...since we are a new team, we just certified less than a month ago."

"For right now, since he's such a new canine, we're trying to establish good statistics here in our district since he is stationed at District 4" said Otto.

In order for a canine to be certified in the state, they are required to undergo 16 hours of training per month. Otto works with Bingo for an hour each day.

"They're not just a pet. They're a tool that needs work constantly. We have to work with the dog on and off duty', said Otto.

Otto and Bingo had to work very hard for months in order to receive certification. "The process was actually rather lengthy," said Otto.

Bingo is certified in locating narcotics. "If an officer believes there may be drugs based on his training and experience...they'll call me out. I'm on call 24/7 so whenever they need me, I will go to their location and I will deploy my canine', said Otto.

If the pair is successful, there will be more K-9 units added throughout Idaho.

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