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Woodbury K-9 Niko dies

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Woodbury K-9 Niko dies
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Woodbury Police lost one of the department’s best friends this week.

Nationally certified K-9 Niko died unexpectedly while off duty Monday, Dec. 23.


Niko was born in 2006 and became a member of the Woodbury Police Department’s K-9 Unit in March 2007.

“His handler, officer Jason Posel, took great pride in their training and accomplishment,” Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada said. 

Niko was trained to track people, clear buildings, detect drugs and apprehend suspects.

In 2011 and 2012, he received perfect scores and won first place at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), Narcotics Certification.

His keen sense and high level training attributed to numerous arrests during his tenure at the department, Okada said. He was a staple at many public education events, demonstrating his agility and obedience for Safety Camp participants, Woodbury Days guests and many other local and regional events.

“The department will remember Niko as a fearless, highly intelligent and tenacious police dog," she said.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.