Montgomery Police Department Introduces New K-9
We're taking action against crime tonight. There's a new member of the Montgomery Police force -- and he's of the four legged variety!
She weighs about 50 lbs; standing 2.5 ft. tall; and sniffing is what she does best. Say hello to the 11-month-old Belgian Malinois, Charter. She's Montgomery Police Department's newest four-legged "officer" -- and her tricks go beyond your regular dog.
"It starts out with simple fetch. And then we start attaching the odor we want the dog to find in a toy they're looking for and then eventually we put the toys where they cant find the toys, so they've got to hunt it," Said K-9 Unit commander, Lt. Matt Higgins.
A dog with not just a lot of love to offer, but has smarts, too.
Lt. Higgins is not Charter's handler. We couldn't show that person because they are an undercover officer. But they did tell us off camera that Charter was chosen because a Malinois is much easier to train and her body is more nimble than that of a German Shepherd.
Charter is now the department's 13th K-9 officer.