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After finding a young boy all alone trying to sell his teddy bear for food, Franklin police charged the child’s parents with child endangerment.
Officer Steve Dunham found the child in a busy area and went beyond the requirements of his badge to help.
“He has been a long-term project that rose out of discussions between Jack Camp and myself over the course of the past two years,” said Police Chief Phil Hardison.
Jack the dog was born in Czechoslovakia and will be 2 years old in January. He is trained to sniff drugs—specifically marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Local philanthropic organizations played a vital role in the department getting a K-9 unit, Hardison said.
“The Camp Foundation fully supported and funded the dog itself, the training and all of the equipment necessary to sustain him,” he said. “The Franklin-Southampton Charities provided monies necessary for the needed vehicle and equipment for that vehicle for the K-9.”
Hardison said the police department was “grateful” for the partners in the community “that play such a significant role in our ability to continue to provide enhanced public safety services.”
“They have great concern, compassion for the welfare of this city, as we all do,” he said.
Both Jack and his handler, Officer David Greer, spent eight weeks living and training together in Richmond.
“David did a unique job and showed a unique commitment, in terms of his dedication and the drive that was necessary to complete this training,” Hardison said. “It requires 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week maintenance to take care of the dog both on and off duty.”
By Nicholas Langhorne
The city’s police dog teams racked up more than a dozen awards during the United States Police Canine Association competition.
Franklin Police Department hosted the event on May 15. Twenty-nine officer-and-dog teams from Tennessee and Indiana competed at Franklin’s Fieldstone Park.
Sgt. Aaron Compton, who supervises Franklin’s K-9 Unit, and Officer Charlie Richards won 14 of the 28 awards for this year’s competition.
“While very proud of their performance, I am not at all surprised,” said Chief Jackie Moore. “The Franklin Police Department strives for excellence in every area. The fact that our two competing walked away with 50 percent of this year’s honors is evidence of just that.”
Compton and his dog, Sting, won first place overall, as well as first place in agility and total search, second place in obedience, article search and criminal apprehension, and third place in tracking. The two also won the Sgt. Jimmy D. Anderson Memorial Award. This award is presented to the officer-and-dog team with the highest combined obedience and criminal apprehension scores. Compton and Sting scored 690 out of 700.
Richards and his dog partner, Titan, won first place in obedience and tracking, second place overall, second place in total search and third place in article search and box search. They scored 684 overall.
Franklin’s two newest dog handlers, Brad Dorman and Brett Spivy, along with dogs Nash and Axel, will compete at next year’s event.
Two new dogs are set to start sniffing out crime in Franklin (Tenn).
The police department recently held a graduation ceremony for officers Brad Dorman and Brett Spivy and their partners Nash and Axel.
Joining them in the completion of a 20-week training course was Williamson County Deputy Mike Grandy and his dog, Lexer.
The officers and their dogs were honored April 16.
Franklin’s new police dogs will join two other units, bringing the city’s number of police dogs to four.
The dogs are trained to find drugs, track suspects and defend their handlers when necessary.
“These officers should be commended for their dedication and hard work,” said Sgt. Aaron Compton, who oversees the program. “Being a K-9 officer is one of the most demanding assignments in the department, it’s also one of the most rewarding.”
Police Chief Jackie Moore said a strong dog program is a vital component to law enforcement’s success. He said the dogs help get “drugs and dangerous criminals” off the streets.
Sheriff Jeff Long said the addition of Lexer brings the total number of canines at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department to three.
“Partnering and training with the other law enforcement agencies in Williamson County is a key component to keeping this community safe,” Long said.
“I particularly appreciate the opportunity we have had to work so closely with the Franklin Police Department in the training of deputy Grandy and Lexer.”