An Army Ranger is ready to hit the streets of Terre Haute, sniffing for bombs and tracking down fugitives.
“Ben will be ready to hit the streets running,” said Sgt. Todd Haller, Terre Haute Police Department, as Patrolman Ryan Adamson kept their new 81-pound partner in check on a leash.
Ben is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois the department just acquired through Vohne Liche Kennels in Miami County. A dual-purpose K-9 officer, he finds explosives in addition to tracking humans.
Ben served two, six-month tours of duty in Afghanistan with a U.S. Army Ranger unit between 2008 and 2009, Adamson explained, adding that Ben racked up several finds amid combat conditions.
Chief John Plasse said the department now has five dogs, but Ben is the only one with bomb-finding capacities.