By Andrea Cordle
Grove Metropolis Editor
A brand new canine officer has joined the ranks inside the Grove Metropolis Division of Police.
Rakka, a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd, involves Grove Metropolis from Holland, the place he was educated as a dual-purpose canine officer. He’ll spend the following six weeks coaching along with his new companion, Officer Jared Nelson, at Storm Canine Okay-9 Coaching in Sunbury, Ohio.
Grove Metropolis Division of Police Chief Richard Butsko mentioned he’s assured Nelson will likely be a terrific canine handler.
“Officer Nelson has had an amazing efficiency on the job,” mentioned Butsko. “He’s hard-working and motivated.”
In keeping with Lt. Eric Scott, assist companies bureau commander, Nelson volunteered to deal with Rakka.
“He has the best residence circumstances,” mentioned Scott.
Not solely will Nelson and Rakka work collectively, however they may also stay collectively. After the preliminary coaching interval, the pair could have ongoing coaching classes a number of instances monthly.
Rakka joins the police power after the dying of Max, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois who had been with the division since 2015.
“We closed the canine program for a couple of months to pay our respects to Max,” mentioned Butsko. “It’s time to resume this system.”
Max died unexpectedly in early June throughout an emergency surgical procedure to take away a cancerous progress.
Max’s handler, Officer Brian Kitko, has put his assist behind Nelson because the division’s newest canine handler.
Rakka will help in narcotics detection, article monitoring, and constructing searches. He may also monitor fleeing suspects or lacking individuals.
“Canines can not do loads of the duties common officers do, however they’ve very particular capabilities,” mentioned Butsko. “They’re excellent at sustaining order.”
The police chief mentioned canine officers do very effectively at safety, crowd management, and controlling unruly individuals. He mentioned some suspects don’t have any drawback confronting a gaggle of armed law enforcement officials, however they’re unwilling to problem a police canine.
One other side of their job is public relations.
Max grew to become considerably of a star in Grove Metropolis. He and his handler participated in neighborhood occasions, marched in native parades, and hung out educating the general public about questions of safety.
Scott mentioned additionally they anticipate Rakka to have a big effect with neighborhood relations.
“He’s an excessively pleasant canine,” mentioned Scott. “If all goes effectively in his coaching, the neighborhood ought to see him out at neighborhood occasions.”
Rakka is scheduled to graduate his coaching course Sept. 17. He needs to be performing common duties for town of Grove Metropolis on the finish of the month.
“He will likely be a terrific addition,” mentioned Butsko. “We’re wanting ahead to getting him in service.”
It value town $15,500 for Rakka and his preliminary coaching. It prices about $3,300 yearly to take care of a canine officer.