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Scott Kettren can’t leave his job at the office — it follows him home every night.
For the past several years, Kettren, a patrolman for the Murrysville Police Department, has trained, cared for and worked side-by-side with Argos, the department’s police dog.
“It’s a 24-7 commitment,” said Kettren, 35. “I didn’t realize how big of a commitment it was before I got into it – you’re living with the dog, having him there all the time and putting in training.”
Murrysville police Officer Scott Kettren is brushing up on his Dutch to work with his new partner: Argos, the department’s new police dog.
Argo replaces Raz, who was retired earlier this year after working more than five years with Officer Brian Dulkis.
After Raz’s retirement, Kettren volunteered to work with the next police dog.
“I’ve always liked dogs,” Kettren said. “It’s an added dimension to law enforcement.”
Argos is a 16-month-old Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands. Chief Tom Seefeld said the department researched different breeders and dog breeds before settling on Argos.
Argos and Kettren trained for six weeks in Mechanicsburg last month prior to hitting the streets together. Kettren said the program gave him plenty of time to get acquainted with his new partner.
“During the down time, we just socialized,” he said.
The new role brings a new routine for Kettren. His day begins by feeding Argos and getting the dog ready for work. Argos lives with Kettren full-time when they’re not on patrol. Kettren also will have extra training classes with Argos.
“It’s extra work, but there’s extra enjoyment,” he said.
Since starting work last week, Argos has had limited duty. Kettren said that Argos performed a perimeter search during a response to a house-alarm call to help keep the canine active.
During the training course, Kettren and Argos practiced various detection methods needed for the job.
“I’m looking forward to putting the training to actual use,” Kettren said.
Kettren said he also is looking forward to having Argos promote the police department. Raz was a frequent guest at local schools and at community events, and Kettren said he hopes Argos will have the same presence.
When they aren’t working, Kettren said, he tries to keep Argos as busy as possible.
After a swearing-in ceremony and reception last week, the two played ball to burn off steam.
“He’s a high-energy dog,” Kettren said. “I want to keep him active.”
By Tom McGee, TRIBUNE-REVIEW NEWS SERVICE
14-member police dog unit assists in many ways
Members of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit showed off their sharp noses at the annual Dog Days event in Middleton this past week.
The agency has 14 dogs on staff, which specialize in sniffing out drugs and tracking lost people or wanted suspects. They’re used frequently by the agency. And with the largest K-9 unit of any agency in Canyon County, the dogs are frequently called on to assist local agencies in Nampa, Caldwell and others in the county.