Ever since Indiana State Trooper Mike Carroll entered law enforcement eight years ago, he wanted to be a K-9 officer.
Those dreams turned to reality Friday morning when he graduated from a 14-week K-9 training course with his new partner, Deezle, an 18-month-old German shepherd.
“I’ve looked forward to it since starting my law enforcement career,” Carroll said.
Getting there wasn’t easy.
Carroll’s career started with four years at the Kendallville Police Department, where there were no openings for the K-9 program.
As a state trooper, he spent more than three months raising money for the program, but he wasn’t selected as the next trooper to be a K-9 officer.
But without the fundraising, he never would have become the department’s 31st K-9 officer.
“This is not tax-funded. It’s funded all by donations; … we don’t start off in the red,” Carroll said.