Thomasville Police Department k-9 unit
The Thomasville Police Department recently announced several new additions to the K-9 Unit. Officer Daniel Powers was recently awarded the position of "K-9 Handler" and began training his new K-9 Partner, "Hado", in September 2009. Officer Powers was assigned to the Bike Unit for several years before being transferred to K-9. K-9 Hado is a 20-month-old bi-color German Shepherd that was bred and trained in Europe before being shipped to the United States. After the Police Department purchased the K-9, he was transferred to Mississippi where he underwent nine additional weeks of patrol and narcotics detection training. Officer Powers spent six of the nine weeks in Mississippi certifying Hado in the areas of K-9 patrol and narcotics detection.
The K-9 Unit Supervisor, Sergeant Chris Brock, also received a new partner. K-9 "Axe" is a 4-year-old bi-color German Shepherd. Axe underwent initial training in Germany where he earned a title in Schutzhund. Schutzhund (German for protection dog) is a dog sport that was developed in Germany in the early 1900s. It is utilized to test whether German Shepherd Dogs exhibit the traits necessary for police-type work. K-9 Axe joined the department as a replacement for Sergeant Brock's previous K-9, "Leto", who recently retired at the age of 10. Sergeant Brock also spent several weeks in Mississippi training his new K-9. He returned in September with certifications in K-9 patrol and narcotics detection.
These two additions join Officer Waylon Parker and five year old K-9 "Nuke." Officer Parker has served in the K-9 Unit for over three years.
The K-9 Unit is available by appointment for K-9 demonstrations anytime of the year. If you are interested in setting up a demonstration, please feel free to contact Sgt. Chris Brock at (229) 403-2040 or email at Cbrock@thomasville.org.