The ranks at the Anchorage Police Department have grown slightly, but these are not your typical officers.

Stan, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, is the first of the breed to be on the force in more than 10 years. Rylin, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, is the first female K-9 in the history of the department.

Rylin is named for Officer Lisa Whitmore who died of cancer earlier this year. Her name is a combination of the names Lisa, and her two sons, Ryan and Nathan. 

Fellow officers call it a fitting tribute to Whitmore, who is missed especially for her charity work with children.

"I lean on her every year and she is amazing. She pulled that whole project off for so many years," said Officer Angela Fraize. "The smiling faces of those kids, this is going to be a hard year doing that this year without her."

Rylin and Stan will go through one week of extra training before they head out on patrol. APD now has eight K-9s following the graduation, including Midas, who police say was stabbed with a sword during a standoff in August.

Midas made an appearance after Monday night's ceremony. Supervisors say they expect to make an announcement about the K-9s future with the department within the next couple of weeks.

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