On Wednesday, Nov. 7, students in College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Law Enforcement program welcomed Boise Police Department (BPD) K-9 Officer, Marshall Plaisted, and his dog, Geno, to campus for a K-9 demonstration.
“It’s absolutely imperative that we bring in community partners into the classroom to help teach the students. How fortunate are we to have stakeholders vested in our program,” said Law Enforcement Program Director, Brett Reid. “Agencies from the Treasure Valley, across the state, and even out-of-state come and visit our classes. This kind of investment is what makes this class worth it.”
Geno is originally from Holland, and has been part of Plaisted’s family since he was 14 months old; he is now four. All of Geno’s training is done in-house at BPD.
“Geno has a “type A” personality,” said Plaisted. “He gets the tasks done and works well around human beings. Geno loves his job. He is very highly trained, very highly skilled, and very highly lazy on his days off during which he enjoys sun tanning on the trampoline. When dad puts on the uniform, Geno knows it’s time for business.”
This visit was the first demonstration of its kind for CWI’s Law Enforcement program. Thank you to BPD, Officer Plaisted, and Geno for providing our students the opportunity to see first-hand how beneficial K-9s are to the law enforcement field.