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Mesquite, TX - May 18, 2017 - Two new officers were recently added to the Mesquite Police Department and presented with their badges during the City Council meeting held on May 15. Officers Kozmo and Axel, two highly-trained Dutch/German Shephards, joined their handlers Officer Jason Crawford and Officer Jeremy Wilemon as members of department’s new K-9 Unit.
The program is funded mostly by criminal seizure and forfeiture assets from cases solved by the Police Department. The dogs were selected based on ability to interact in social situations, strong sense of smell, athletic endurance and ability to work as a team. After extensive training, Officers Kozmo and Axel became nationally certified by the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association.
“Dogs have an amazing sense of smell, which enables them to track and detect things humans cannot,” said Police Sergeant Brad Meyer. “A dog’s imposing presence can also be used as an enforcement tool with the potential to save the lives of officers, bystanders and even offenders.”
The K-9 Unit’s main responsibilities will be to search for suspects and locate narcotics.