The Illinois State Police has added a new officer to the ranks of officers on patrol in Winnebago County: Gambit, a Dutch Shepherd, who just recently completed his 10-week training at the Illinois State Police Academy.
ISP District 16 Interim Commander, Lt. Carl Heintz, announced Thursday that Gambit is a full service K9 specializing in drug detection, searches and tracking.
“K9s are a tremendous tool for law enforcement,” stated Lt. Heintz, “obviously they are a huge asset for us when it comes to drug enforcement and officer safety, but being able to track fugitives or missing persons helps us greatly in our task of ensuring public safety.”
Gambit joins two other K9 officers patrolling District 16 — which includes Winnebago County — Recon, a Belgian Malinois, and Bohi, a Belgian Malinois/Shepherd mix.
Gabmit was born in the Netherlands and responds to commands from his handler in German. Gambit turned 2 in February.