Fargo police dog Falco will compete to be ‘America’s Top Dog’

FARGO — On Dec. 5, The Fargo Police Department announced that K-9 Falco has been selected to compete in “America’s Top Dog”, a new show on the A&E Network.

According to another Facebook post by the Fargo Police Department, the K-9 selection process took several months. Teams are tested on speed, agility and teamwork by completing a series of tasks on one of the biggest and toughest K-9 obstacle courses ever assembled. The course was designed to mimic real-life challenges these pooches face every day at their jobs. That includes a complex maze to locate scented items, apprehending a suspect and other difficult challenges.

Officer Cochran and Falco currently work the night shift. Although according to the city of Fargo’s website, the team responds anywhere Falco is needed.

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K-9 Falco is a Belgian Malinois born on August 26, 2011, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Falco was bred as part of the Winnipeg Police Services breading program. Falco was paired with his handler, Officer David Cochran and the team finished their patrol dog training in the fall of 2012.

During their patrols, the K-9 unit has made several arrests by tracking down suspects and locating narcotics. Some of these arrests have been recognized by the United States Police Canine Association through certificates and medallions.

According to the city of Fargo’s website, Falco goes for walks and runs during his downtime and goes home with Falco goes home with Officer Cochran each day.

“America’s Top Dop” premieres on Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. CT on A&E.


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