Alton Police Officer Michael Morelli has returned from the K9 Academy with his new partner, Nikko. Morelli stepped into the role as the new dog’s partner after Detective Marcos Pulido had to withdraw from the training in March. The two began patrol duties on Monday.
Public Information Officer Emily Hejna says if you see Nikko don’t try to pet him.
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Nikko is a German Sheppard that was born and raised in the Czech Republic. He was brought to Alton in late February.
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