Pablo Joins NISD Police Force

Pablo Joins NISD Police Force
Posted on 01/19/2018
Pablo Joins NISD Police Force

Pablo, a Belgian Malinois dog, has joined the Nacogdoches Independent School District police force. Two-year-old Pablo is trained as a dual purpose police dog — for narcotics detection and handler protection. The dog is also trained to passive alert on five odors.

NISD Police Chief Sandra Murray completed 80 hours of training required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Murray received the K-9 Handler’s Certification.

“Pablo is one solution for our school district police force to use to help keep our schools and students safe,” said NISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy. “I commend Chief Murray for her work with Pablo.”

The training took place here in Nacogdoches with Signal K9. Chasen Partin leads Signal K9 and is a TCOLE certified trainer for dogs.

On a cool, gray morning just after the new year, Murray worked through several exercises with Pablo. Partin then donned a protective jacket and made threatening moves towards Murray, drawing a calm but strong attack from Pablo.

Murray said Pablo’s main job will be to deter the introduction of illegal substances onto NISD campuses.

In addition to Pablo, Partin has trained dogs for area police departments and Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and has supplied dogs to U.S. Customs Border Patrol. The dogs Partin uses are bred in Europe, Murray said, and Pablo comes from Budapest, Hungary.

“Nacogdoches ISD extends its gratitude to Signal K9,” Murray said.