Chief thankful for donation
Kelley highlights work of MPD’s K- 9 Unit
firstname.lastname@example.org “We are very honored and proud of our Marion Police Department K-9 Officers,” said Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley. “It is our desire to protect them as they serve in the line of duty alongside our patrolmen.”
The MPD’s K-9 Unit serves right alongside their fellow officers and the four-legged law enforcers will now be better equipped to get the job done.
“We were recently chosen for an opportunity to receive a bulletproof/stabproof vest for each of them for their protection. We are
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Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley CHIEF THANKFUL (cont.)
“K-9 Hunter is a male Dutch shepherd, purchased in December of 2017. K-9 Hunter was trained and certified at the Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana,” said Kelley.
Hunter’s expertise is Explosive Detection and Tracking.
“He is trained in many types of explosives, such as dynamite, TNT, Detonating Cord and Ammonium Nitrate,” said Kelley. “He graduated as a Certified Police Service Dog from the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association Inc., and is a certified officer with the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.”
Hunter also attended a 10week Basic Training Police Utilities and Explosives Course in Hernando, Mississippi last year.
The other half of the K-9 Unit is the veteran of the group.
“K-9 Zorro is a male Dutch shepherd purchased in March of 2011,” said Kelley. “He was trained at the Peter Nunez U.S. K-9 Kennels in Hileah, Florida.”
Zorro specializes in Drug Detection.
“K-9 Zorro graduated from the International Forensic Research Institute in Miami, Florida, and was certified with the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association Inc., and is a certified officer with the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.”
Zorro has been credited with numerous large narcotics arrests as well as cash and drug seizures for the Marion Police Department and the Arkansas State Police.
“We are honored to have them as part of our team and are very confident in their abilities as K-9 officers,” said Kelley. “We believe them to be an asset to our team at the Marion Police Department and the citizens we proudly serve.”
Kelley expressed his appreciation for the vest donation.
“We are grateful for the ballistic vests that were donated for their safety as they serve and protect. We would especially like to thank those at Vested Interest in K9s Inc. for providing these lifesaving tools for our K-9s. Without their support and dedication to this cause, this would not have been possible.”