Lufkin ISD Police Department welcomes Igor to the team

Belgian Malinois dog will handle explosive, narcotics searches in district

Maria Mejia, Panther Growls staff member

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Lufkin ISD Police Officer Paul Jackson sits at Lufkin Middle School with Igor, the department’s new drug dog. (Photo by ASHLEY GUEL/Panther Growls news)

Igor is the Lufkin ISD Police Department’s newest member.

The Belgian Malinois dog is under the care of Officer Paul Jackson. Igor helps Officer Jackson cover the entire district, sniffing for explosives and narcotics.

Lufkin High School students from Anna Lamb’s Ag Mechanics and Horticulture classes, along with other students from within the agriculture department, helped build Igor’s doghouse. The doghouse took three weeks to make and is now at Officer Jackson’s home.

Igor will turn 2 on Christmas, making him a relatively young K-9. Officer Jackson said he likes everything about this particular breed of dog.

“He’s a narcotics dog,” Jackson said “He’s got a good nose on him. If something’s there, he’ll find it.”

Officer Jackson said he was looking for a dog he could bond with pretty quickly.

“When it comes to sniffing out stuff, he’s got a real good attention span,” Jackson said. “He stays with it.”

Igor is the only police dog in Angelina County, other than Angelina College’s police dog. Officer Jackson said they take a couple of hours every day for Igor’s maintenance training.

“Every day we go out,” Jackson said, “Igor assumes we’re going to work.”

Igor is the newest member of the Lufkin ISD Police Department. (Photo by ASHLEY GUEL/Panther Growls news)