This week the Ocean City Police Department is welcoming two new police K9 dogs. The new K9’s were picked up by their partners earlier this week from “Castle K9” in Mechanicsburg, PA. PFC Daniel Jacobs met his new partner “Jaxx” a 14-month-old Dutch Sheppard and PFC Michael Kelly met his new partner “Chibo,” a 12-month-old Sheppard mix.
The two new K9 teams will begin a four-week training program at the Castle K9 training center beginning February 23. They are expected to graduate from the program at the end of March and expected to be operational beginning in April.
Upon completion of the training both K9 dogs and their officer handlers will be certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association as patrol and drug detection police K9’s.
“Our K9 unit has always had a long standing tradition of excellence,” said Chief Bernadette A. DiPino. “I am excited about adding two new teams to our department and we know our citizens will enjoy meeting them in the future. Their skills in drug detection, tracking and searches are a great benefit to our officers and our community.”