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A 13-month-old German Shepherd, hand picked from the Netherlands, will be the next Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy.
Rex will be on the job sometime in June, partnering with the new K-9 handler, Deputy Jamie Ottinger, 37, who has been with the department since 2001.
The Anchorage Police Department has a few new officers on the street, but they’re not the human kind: After graduating from the academy last year, the newest members of the department’s K-9 Unit were introduced to the public Saturday during the annual “Dollars for Dogs” meet-and-greet.
While you might not see APD’s canine unit out and about very much, it’s a major part of the department.
The K-9 officers that police departments have on patrol today still search for lost people and criminals, but they are not your grandfather’s police dogs.
They are a whole lot more.
The dogs are trained in narcotics, bomb detection and tactical work.
Now the K-9 training coordinator for the state police, Sgt. Jerry Molet said that in the 22 years he has been working with dogs, techniques and the focus of K-9 use have grown significantly. He said dogs used to be difficult-to-handle animals that were trained as guard dogs and to use their aggression in helping police make arrests.
The four-footed, fur-faced cops that make up the finely tuned K-9 unit in West Valley City earn their keep and the respect and love of their human counterparts.
“They do a ton of things that man can only dream of,” said officer Todd Zahlmann. “They’re so athletic and quick — and then how they work with their noses is incredible.”
Today was not a good day for fake bad guys in bite suits in Boynton Beach.
The day was full of barking, biting and running, with at least 1,000 spectators cheering from the stands at Boynton Beach Community High School. The event, which began at 11 a.m. and ran through 3 p.m., helped raise money for the police department’s K9 unit.
More than two dozen law enforcement agencies participated in the event, from Martin to Miami-Dade counties. But only one could take home the title of top dog; an honor that was awarded to one of Boynton Beach’s.
An autistic child is safe at home thanks to officers with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
Sheriff Steve Kessler said at approximately 5:13 p.m. on Wednesday, they were notified an 8-year-old child with autism had run away from home in the Victor area of Fayette County. It was reported that this child had gotten into trouble at school and ran away from home to avoid getting into further trouble at home.
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.”
Officer Kenneth Murphy of the Braintree Police Special Operations Division K-9 Unit wants the community to know about an upcoming fundraiser sponsored by the Braintree Police Working Dog Foundation (BPWDF), a federally registered organization established in 1991.
When Dave & Buster’s hosts a family breakfast April 15 from 9 to 11 a.m., participants will have exclusive access to the South Shore Plaza facility.
One of the Madison Police Department’s most determined crime fighters is getting back on his feet — all four of them — after defying a life-threatening illness.
K9 Ivan, the partner of Officer Henry Wilson, returned home Monday after a six-day stay at the UW Veterinary Care Small Animal Hospital, where he was treated for a near-fatal infection and pneumonia.
“We actually thought we were going to lose him,” said Sgt. Chris Boyd, who leads the canine unit.
The University of Texas-Pan American is the second school in the UT-System to have a K-9 drug unit on campus, according to Assistant Chief James Loya. The University of Texas at Austin was the first to acquire drug-sniffing dogs.
The University Police Department purchased two Belgium Malinois in July as an added tool for the department.