Grand Valley Police Department’s newest employee arrived in West Michigan in June after six weeks of training in Alabama.
Koda, a K-9 explosives dog, is a 2-year-old Black Lab who lives with Kelsey Sietsema, a GVPD canine and community police officer.
Koda’s main responsibilities are to attend gatherings like football games and large-scale events, and connect and engage with the campus community. Vests for on-duty and off-duty let members of the community know when they are free to approach and interact with her.
Private funding helped GVPD open up a spot for Koda.