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Faced with a life of police patrols, chasing suspects and drug hunts, the Spokane Police Department’s newest recruit has just one thing to do for the next few months: play.
Ajax, a 2-month-old German shepherd, is due for lots of tug-of-war in a newly reinstated police puppy training program after his breeder, Nikolay Lungu, of Pullman, donated him to the department.
Touched by the recent shooting of now-retired police dog Var, Lungu, owner of the Pullman-based German shepherd breeding business I-Guard International, said he agreed to donate the puppy after being contacted by Spokane K-9 trainer Shawn Kendall.
The Spokane Police’ puppy program produced Ajax, a German shepherd puppy which will one day be a working police dog. But for now, the two-month-old is happy to make friends and play tug of war with caretaker Jay Kernkamp, a police officer who volunteered to raise the puppy until training starts.
SPOKANE — At a time when local governments are trying to stay inside their budgets the Spokane Police Department is actually turning a small profit with its canine training program.
On Thursday Redmond Police Officer Sam Hovenden was training in Spokane using facilities developed by the Spokane Police Department for its own K-9 Unit.
“They’ve got a good sized canine unit here, they’ve got a lot of master instructors they’ve been using their dogs in swat for a number of years and so in a lot of ways these guys are really the experts for SWAT and K-9,” Hovenden said.
Hovenden is one of 10 officers from out of the area who are paying the Spokane Police Department for their training. That money in turn is being reinvested into the force’s K-9 program which helped fund the purchase of a new K-9, Leo.
“Because we have a dog that’s ready to retire we were forced to go purchased a dog, and so the money from these schools … we try to be self sufficient so we have a fund that’s ready to go to deal with that situation,” Spokane Police Officer Shawn Kendall said.
We wish Trooper Kendall a quick recovery!
By Erik Sanzenbach
St. Tammany News
A Louisiana State Police trooper is luck to be alive and in good shape after an 18-wheeler hit him while he was surveying an accident scene Thursday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Pass Manchac.
State Police spokesman for Troop L, Trooper Louis Calato, said Trooper Joseph Kendall, an 8-year veteran of the Louisiana State Police and assigned to Troop L, was video taping an accident scene under investigation on I-55 when an 18-wheel truck failed to see the trooper on the side of the road. The driver tried to swerve out of the way and lost control of his rig, Calato said.
The truck’s trailer jack knifed and hit Kendall’s patrol car, sending it airborne before the trailer hit Kendall, knocking him out.
Calato said Kendall was taken to the hospital and treated for a gash to the head and a broken right ankle, then released.
“He’s doing good and is at home with his family,” Calato said.
Calato did not say if any charges were filed against the driver of the truck.