K-9 Jet-Li

K9 Jet Li laying on the ground in a parking lot, looking directly at the camera.Name: K-9 “Jet Li”

Breed: Dutch Shepherd (Male)

DOB: October 14th, 2006

Retirement: 2016 (Age 10)

Agency: US Navy Special Warfare (2007-2011); Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (2011-2017)

Discipline: Dual Purpose Narcotics Detection/Patrol

Formal Schooling and Certifications: Classified

Career Stats: Completed two tours in Iraq where he sought out and apprehended High-Value Targets for the Department of Defense Special Operations Command along with countless narcotics finds. As a K-9 Officer, Jet had over 100 criminal apprehensions for the city of Indianapolis along with countless narcotic-related finds.

Additional Information: K-9 Jet Li, was named after fallen Naval Special Warfare K9 Handler, Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John “Jet Li” Douangdara, who was killed in action on August 6th, 2011 in Afghanistan. Jet Li’s original name as a Military Working Dog was “Knikker,” while he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare – Gold Squadron.

Police K-9 Jet Li was originally bred and procured in the Netherlands to become a Military Working Dog for the U.S. Special Operations Command, specifically for the Naval Special Warfare Unit. Jet served during the war on terror completing two deployments in Iraq.  Upon Jet’s retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2011, he was donated to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department K-9 unit serving the citizens of Indianapolis. During his 5+ years with the IMPD K-9 Unit, Jet apprehended nearly 100 dangerous criminal suspects.  On many of these apprehensions, K-9 Jet alerted his handler to the presence of a suspect long before the suspect was seen.  This undoubtedly protected the police officers from impending dangers inherent to searching for and apprehending criminal suspects.

In January of 2017, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department contacted Project K-9 Hero to aid in finding a permanent home for Jet to enjoy his second retirement and receive the treatment he deserves for his faithful service to our country.  After learning the incredible story of Jet Li, Project K-9 Hero founder Jason Johnson contacted the Gold Star Family members of the late Navy Military Working Dog handler, John Douangdara.  John’s older brother was elated at the opportunity to adopt the K-9 Hero who carries his late brother’s nickname.  He worked alongside Project K-9 Hero to smoothly transition Jet from Indianapolis to his new home near Sioux City.  Project K-9 Hero covered Jet’s travel expenses, and remains committed to assisting the Douangdara family with funds related to Jet’s care, including medical costs, food, or death benefits.  We are both honored and thrilled that Police K-9 Jet Li, formerly Military Working Dog Knikker, was able to find a forever home with the family of the hero he was named for.

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