The Northern Regional K-9 team began in May of 2007, after Officer Mike Dorsch and K-9 Dark were hired in April. The pair had previously worked together for the Carnegie Police Department from October of 2005 – April 2007. Officer Dorsch’s partner was a German shepherd born in Hungary and was trained in patrol in narcotics detection.
The pair worked together for almost 9 years, until Dark was retired in September 2014. Dark assisted and was responsible for dozens of arrests and seizures throughout his career in and around Allegheny County. Dark now lives at home with Officer Dorsch and his family.
In August of 2014, through a very generous donation from John and Linda Harrison, the department purchased a new partner for Officer Dorsch. Officer Dorsch spent an entire day at Shallow Creek Kennels testing dogs and selected K-9 Moskito. After much thought about the name Officer Dorsch decided to change the name of his partner. Officer Dorsch, a former Marine, decided to name his new partner after Marine Sgt. Nicholas Nolte, who was K.I.A. in Iraq. Officer Dorsch had served with Sgt. Nolte during his enlistment and always emulated him as a true warrior. With that said, Officer Dorsch’s new partner was now known as K-9 Nolte.
September of 2014 started K-9 Nolte’s training. K-9 Nolte, a part Belgian Malinois and part German shepherd, was young and “green”, meaning he had no previous training. With assistance from Sgt. Matt Grubb and the Ross Twp. Police Department, Officer Dorsch and K-9 Nolte spent 9 weeks training and bonding before being certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association in narcotics detection and patrol work.
Since becoming part of the team, the Northern Regional Police Department has received tons of support from various organizations. K-9 Nolte now receives food from Blackwood Dog Food Company and The Ohio Twp Agway Store, we received a stab and bullet proof vest from Vested Interest in K-9’s, and we are awaiting portable kennels from the Brownie Troop at Marshall Elementary and a first aid kit from We Ride to Provide. The support of these organizations is truly appreciated.
Now fully trained and equipped, the K-9 Unit provides vital assistance to patrol officers all around Allegheny County. K-9 Nolte has assisted in searches for missing persons, narcotic searches at our local schools, search for suspects, and his most valuable asset has been public demonstrations. K-9 Nolte has made appearances at Community Day events, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and local schools. His pleasant demeanor is always a crowd pleaser.
K-9 Nolte lives at home with Officer Dorsch and the pair continue to train at minimum 4 hours a week to maintain proficiency. K-9 Nolte and Officer Dorsch are assigned to the Patrol Division and handle calls for service within our jurisdiction unless called outside of our jurisdiction to assist other agencies.