MARTINSBURG — The Martinsburg Police Division continues to broaden upon its power as officers introduced Thursday the choice of a patrolman for a brand new Ok-9 officer, bringing the division’s whole to 2.
In line with Police Chief George Swartwood, Patrolman Aaron Miller was beforehand chosen from police candidates to be the brand new Martinsburg Police Division Ok-9 officer and handler.
“Patrolman Miller is an impressive candidate for Ok-9 officer, and I’m happy with our choice of a brand new police Ok-9 canine,” Swartwood mentioned. “I do know that the 2 will do an unbelievable job as soon as absolutely skilled in drug investigations and seizures however to additionally additional our neighborhood policing efforts by his involvement and performing in space colleges and public occasions for our youngsters.”
In line with the discharge, Miller is a three-year veteran assigned to the Patrol Division and was chosen from “prime candidates” who had utilized for the place.
He’s a member of the Martinsburg Police Division Honor Guard, Particular Response Workforce and an teacher on the Martinsburg Police Division Junior Police Academy.
The brand new canine is a purebred, long-haired German Shepherd and was chosen from Shallow Creek Kennel, positioned in Pennsylvania, and is constant coaching on the kennel right now, officers mentioned.
Miller will attend the kennel’s Dec. 21 Canine Coaching Academy for six weeks, alongside along with his new Ok-9 associate.
The discharge mentioned upon completion, he and the brand new canine will return to the Martinsburg Police Division to be utilized in a myriad of capabilities corresponding to drug detection and seizure, suspect apprehension, article searches and most significantly, neighborhood, particularly in-school, Ok-9 demonstrations and different associated actions and public capabilities.
“I’m thrilled with being chosen as the brand new Ok-9 officer and handler of our new canine and might’t wait to make the most of him in our neighborhood, ridding the town of unlawful medication, but additionally to show his skills and showcase him to space college students in our colleges and public demonstrations,” Miller mentioned.
In line with the discharge, the brand new Ok-9 canine was bought with the approval of the Martinsburg Metropolis Council from the Drug Forfeiture and Seizure account and added the value, with coaching, was roughly $15,000, paid in full by drug forfeiture cash.
Miller and his Ok-9 associate will be part of the division’s solely different Ok-9 unit, consisting of Patrolman Ryan Fritz and Ok-9 Atlas.