Retiring police service dog honored in Pierre
PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers honored one of South Dakota Highway Patrol’s retiring police service dogs and her partner on Tuesday.
Raica is a Belgian Malinois certified in explosives detection and apprehension and tracking training. She has worked alongside her partner, Trooper Michael Dale, since 2012.
Dale and Raica have worked together in both Pierre and Rapid City for the past several years.
As an explosive detection dog, Raica was used to conduct sweeps of the State Capitol and other state buildings to ensure that lawmakers, along with visitors, were safe from the threat of bombs.
According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the Police Service Dog (PSD) Unit “is an indispensable asset to the crime fighting efforts of all South Dakota law enforcement agencies.”
The unit was formed in 1991 and since then has helped authorities seize millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs, currency, weapons and vehicles.
The unit’s dogs are primarily Belgian Malinois, a breed known for building strong bonds with handlers, that has become favored in military and law enforcement organizations.