Police seeking another K9 unit

Police dogs typically stop serving when they reach the age of 9 or 10.
Andy Ouriel
Feb 13, 2014

 

Sandusky’s four-legged police officer has just a few more years of active duty left on him, at most.

Justice, a 7-year-old German shepherd, is nearing an age when police commanders want to begin the process of replacing him with a younger pup.

“Justice has served us very well and is a seasoned officer of our department,” Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said.

“But Justice is going to be 8 in July. I thought it’s appropriate to start seeking donations now”

Police dogs typically stop serving when they reach the age of 9 or 10.

Orzech estimates he’ll need about $15,000 to purchase and train a new police dog, as well as buying any necessary materials.    There’s no room in the police department’s $5 million annual budget to cover costs for a police dog.

Orzech plans to launch a fundraising campaign. Perkins police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office recently started similar efforts and immediately landed funds from residents and companies, which helped them purchase their own respective police dogs.

Ideally, Orzech wants to land a new dog no later than summer 2015.

Justice and his handler, Sandusky police Detective Adam West, would then help train the department’s new police dog and a different handler during a transitionary phase.

“I would like for them to train together for a year before Justice retires,” Orzech said.

Justice’s tenure with Sandusky police hasn’t been easy. About two years ago, the dog missed several months of action after suffering an ACL injury.

He’s also been paired with several officers facing misconduct, with two of his previous handlers suspended for various reasons. Justice remained sidelined, and later reassigned to someone else, while those officers faced disciplinary action.

Justice has been active since late 2012, however, sniffing out drugs and serving as an important public relations tool. The dog helps create a positive relationship between community members and police, Orzech said.

Comments

candleburner

What happens to the dogs once they're retired?

Peninsula Pundit

'He’s also been paired with several officers facing misconduct, with two of his previous handlers suspended for various reasons. Justice remained sidelined, and later reassigned to someone else, while those officers faced disciplinary action.'
It would seem that the 'handlers' need more training than the dog does.
Hope some civic-minded do-gooders kick in for that training, as well.

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wheresyourpride

The majority of dogs that "retire" stay with their primary handler (officer) until death.

candleburner

that's what I thought. A K-9 officer used to live next door to a former sunday school teacher and when we would have sleepovers or some kind of party at her house I can remember being out back and him telling us about them. He had a couple dogs though

starryeyes83

A K-9 officer deserves a partner (handler) as well- trained and disciplined as they are. Expect nothing less.

P.S. Awww ... he's sooo cute.

From the Grave

Unit...heheheheheheh

karenjo1966

Hopefully they get a replacement from the pound.

starryeyes83

Not gonna find a German Shepard Police at the pound. These dogs are found in Germany. And are specially trained.

ollie2bob

Would the Roethlisberger foundation help?

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SanduskySlayer

Police Dogs are a valuable tool in planting evidence and violating the 4th Amendment Rights of Free Men and Women. Just think without antiquated drug laws and prohibitionist mindsets, the Police could actually go out and prevent real crime rather than generating revenue for the Police State of Ohio.

Molon Labe

Really? OK peaceful streets! You guys are nothing but anarchists and domestic terrorists hiding behind a false cause! Police dogs are valuable assets to departments. You know what? Your right! Just legalize drugs so people like you will od and be wiped from this earth! Then the productive people in society can try to salvage this city!

Tom Sawyer

Maybe Cedar Point and Kalahari can help with mist if the cost..it's a tax right off right?