Sterling Heights police to get 2 new K-9 units
Total K-9 units will be at 3
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – The Sterling Heights Police Department will be getting two new K-9 units, bringing its total to three.
Longtime K-9 handler and national K-9 instructor officer Rich Heins is retiring his dog Chase and the department decided to replace the K-9 and add a third.
The two new K-9 units are 1 1/2-year-old German Shepherds, purchased from a law enforcement kennel in Pennsylvania.
The two new K-9 handlers are officer Ryan Braathen with K-9 Groot and officer Jeremy Walleman with K-9 Ernie.
Groot and Ernie are joining K-9 Ivy and her handler officer Darren Steele.
The K-9s will be trained in tracking, narcotic detection and patrol work.
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