With one command, man's best friend becomes a criminal's worst nightmare. In a split-second, tail wagging and adorable panting is replaced with ferocious barking.
Viper, Norwalk Police Department's newest and furriest rookie, became a certified police officer earlier this week and participated in his first official patrol Wednesday night. Under law, all police dogs must pass the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council.
The 18-month-old German shepherd is still learning the ropes. He has to refine his skills and build a strong relationship with his handler and partner, officer Tim Skinner.