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Town police K9 gets tracking dog certification

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A 4-year-old German shepherd with the Town of Poughkeepsie police department earned certification as a “police tracking dog” at the Eastern Police Canine Association Trials in Binghamton, N.Y.

Town police dog Reagan and his handler, Officer Vanja Mikelic, completed an almost mile-long three-hour-old track of a “suspect” over rough terrain June 10, and found three required pieces of “evidence” along the way, said town police and the canine association.

Duane Shaffer, a director with the Canine Association, said about 200 dogs have attempted that track and only six have earned this certification. In addition, Reagan earned certification as a “police narcotics dog” and as a “street-ready police dog.”

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