The Newton Police Department has a long history of K9 partners serving the community dating back to the early 1990s. The department’s first patrol dog was K9 Storm, a German Shephard handled by Officer Collins and Officer Richardson. K9 Topper (1999-2006) and K9 Toby (2007-2012) were both bloodhounds that were trained and handled by Officer Burdess and were specialists in finding missing persons and criminal escapees. The department’s current patrol dog is K9 Smokey, and he is handled by Officer Walker. K9 Smokey is a border collie mix and was a stray prior to being trained as a dual purpose narcotics dog.