The Ocean City Police Department’s two new K-9 teams recently graduated from a multi-week training program at Castle K-9 training facility in centralPennsylvania. Both PFC
Daniel Jacobsand K-9 partner Jaxx and PFC Michael Kellyand K-9 partner Koda are currently certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association as patrol and drug detection police K-9’s. They join an elite group of canine patrol teams, which are an integral part of the Ocean City Police Department.
Jaxx, a 14-month-old Sheppard-Malawa mix and Koda, a 12-month old Sheppard mix, are specially trained and come to the Ocean City Police Department from Czechoslovakia, where they received specialized training for law enforcement duties. In addition to their training in Czechoslovakia, the K-9s and their partners 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 K9 teams were certified by the North American Police Working Dog Association and the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission.
“This unit has been a vital part of the OCPD for more than four decades,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “I am confident that the two new K9 teams will contribute to the long standing tradition of excellence associated with this specialty unit. I as well as every member of the OCPD look forward to working with our new K9 partners.”
Once on patrol, the new K-9 teams are authorized to respond to calls for service, and are 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.