The Ocean City Police Department’s newest K-9 team recently graduated from a six-week training program at Shallow Creek Kennels training facility in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. Both Ofc. Nicholas Forsyth and his K-9 partner Goro are currently certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association as patrol and drug detection police K-9. They join an elite group of K-9 patrol teams, which are an integral part of the Ocean City Police Department.
Goro, a 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, is specially trained and came to the Ocean City Police Department from Holland, where he received specialized training for law enforcement duties. In addition to his training in Holland, Goro and Ofc. Forsyth received additional patrol/narcotics schooling, which develops the capabilities and physical conditioning of both the handler and K-9 alike. Upon completion of their training, both were certified by the North American Police Working Dog Association and the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission.
Once on patrol, the new K-9 team is authorized to respond to calls for service and is often among the first specialized units to be called to a scene. Their specific skills, including apprehension techniques, obedience, narcotics detection, searching and tracking, are a critical asset to the Ocean City Police Department. In addition to their duties and responsibilities on the road, K-9 units participate in continual training, community events and public relations functions, self-initiated patrol and/or rendering assistance to state and county law enforcement patrols in the Ocean City area.