They’ve only been partners since August, but a rookie police dog unit helped arrest a flasher and two thieves in one weekend.

Constable Regan Wilson and his police dog South had “a very good weekend”, Sergeant John Hedges said.

Police were called to several reports of a man exposing himself near St Clair Esplanade.

A 41-year-old man was tracked back to a car by the police dog, and arrested by its handler. Read More

Police have charged a man with various drug offences following raids on a number of residences in Cordelia and Halifax this week.

Officers from Halifax Police Station executed a number of search warrants on addresses with the assistance of a drug detection dog from Townsville following information provided by members of the public through Crime Stoppers.

During these searches police located a quantity of dangerous drugs including cannabis and methylamphetamine (ice) along with utensils used in connection with smoking, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs.

Police also seized restricted items under the Weapons Act including numchaku, a sling shot and a replica handgun which contained a live round of ammunition in the barrel.

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Created by Oswestry’s British Ironworks Centre using seized and surrendered knives and guns and items relating to dogs, including training equipment, leads, whistles and dog bowls, it will become a permanent feature at the force’s Hindlip headquarters when finished.

Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman said: “Our dogs are part of the police family. We see them as our colleagues, who dedicate their lives to ensuring their communities and our officers are protected each and every day.

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A Grand Forks police dog is receiving credit for taking drugs off the streets.

Cpl. Andrew Ebertowski and K9 Shelby assisted Grand Forks County deputies Saturday morning during a traffic stop, according to the Grand Forks Police Department.

The K9 sniffed a motor vehicle in the 4300 block of Gateway Dr. and detected the odor of illegal narcotics.

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In 2011, State Highway Patrol leadership charged Ohio troopers with elevating the importance of their criminal patrol efforts to the same level as their core responsibility of traffic safety. Troopers were urged to ‘look beyond the license plate’ or the reason for the traffic stop, in an attempt to detect and interdict criminal activity. Since this shift of operational mentality, drug arrests have increased every year, with an increase of 194% since 2011. Troopers have made more than 4,000 arrests for weapon violations and nearly 30,000 felony arrests since 2011.

This shift also brought upon the formal formation of the Criminal Patrol Unit. In 2010, the division had only 14 canines. In the years since, that number has grown to 35 canines around the state. Read More

Two new canines have joined the ranks of FEMA’s first responders.

ABC News was there to witness New York Police Department (NYPD) dogs Tuz and Bruno earn their certification with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue team.

These elite K-9s are sent on disaster relief missions around the nation following a natural disaster.

Tuz is named after fallen NYPD Sargent Paul Tuozzolo, who was killed in the line of duty last year. He is handled by Police Officer Dan Bosco.

Bruno, who came from the Czech Republic, is handled by Police Officer Anthony Barreto.

Barreto said that the moment he saw Bruno, he knew he wanted to be paired with him because the dog looked like “he wanted to work.”

In an interview with ABC News, Tuz couldn’t seem to look away from the obstacle course and kept pulling to go back on to the rubble pile. Read More

Numbers show the country is dealing with an unprecedented drug overdose crisis and now a new government report finds the powerful opioid Fentanyl is the biggest killer.

New CDC research shows Fentanyl is now the most common drug involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith is a former special agent with the DEA, and says Fentanyl is 50 times more lethal than heroin.

“It’s very dangerous, I can’t express how dangerous it is,” said Sheriff Smith. “Fentanyl is used in addition to heroin to give a bigger high. Fentanyl was an animal tranquilizer. Most Fentanyl in the United States comes from China.”

An officer in Ohio nearly died recently from exposure. East Texas officers are trained to recognize it, and protect themselves.

“They use latex gloves and maybe something to keep you from breathing it in to combat that,” Sheriff Smith said. “All of our patrol deputies are equipped with Narcan kits.” Read More

The Ashland Post of the Highway Patrol made a traffic stop at the 187-mile marker for a speed violation around 11:30 pm, Friday night, the 7th of December.

According to scanner traffic, the Trooper said things weren’t adding up, and requested K-9 Handler Officer Eggeman, of the Ashland Police Division, to assist along with his K-9 “Luger.”

After Luger gave a positive alert on the car, Troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and found Oxycodone pills, Percocet pills, approximately $8,000 in cash, along with Marijuana. Read More

When Whitfield County Deputy Todd Thompson pulled over a car last December, he soon sensed this wasn’t going to be a routine traffic stop.

A few harrowing minutes later, Deputy Thompson had put two criminals behind bars and earned a newfound respect for his fellow K9 deputy, Eddy.

“I bet I said two sentences to the passenger, a male, before I immediately asked for backup because I knew something wasn’t right,” Deputy Thompson recalled. “Then the situation got pretty bad. The guy ended up running from me. I tased him and he jerked the prongs out of himself. He started swinging at me. By now, I’ve lost my handcuffs, I’ve lost one of my magazine pouches, I’m fighting the guy. I keep telling him, hey, if you don’t stop, I’m gonna pop this door and Eddy’s gonna come out here and he’s gonna bite you. Sure enough, I ended up having to pop the door, the first time I’d ever done that.” Read More

Patrolman Ryan Dimatteo recently returned from extensive training in Columbus with his new European partner. While most rookies have to adjust to the job, the Belgian Malinois, named Match (pronounced Mahch), started hitting the ground running last month on all four legs.

“I’m very impressed with his obedience and how well he catches on,” said 2018 Officer of the Year Dimatteo, who, after stints with the Secret Service Uniform Division and Cleveland Police Department, has been with North Olmsted Police Department for three years.

“The Belgian Malinois breed is high energy, but Match also knows when to turn it off. He was certified in narcotics, criminal apprehension, evidence search, area search, tracking. I’d say his favorite thing to do are tracking bad guys and doing areas searches. He does well in both areas,” Dimatteo said. Read More