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ZPD gets first K-9 officer

The Zebulon Police Department recently welcomed its newest officer, ‘Boss,’ the department’s first K-9 officer. ’Boss will be assisting us in trying to remove illegal narcotics from the highways that go through the city of Zebulon,’ said ZPD Police Chief Jonathan Hemphill. ‘He is trained in narcotics and also trained in tracking. We are happy to have him and we think he’ll be a very good asset to the department.’ A specially bred and trained Belgian Malinois like Boss would cost around $12,000 to $13,000 to purchase. The 1-year-old K-9 was donated from the Pine Mountain Police Department who had two K-9s with only one being used. Boss has been fully trained and certified and started his first day of the job Nov. 1 with Officer Trustin Brazer. Boss will work strictly with Officer Brazer, serving around 40 hours a week depending on Brazer’s work schedule or special calls. Officer Brazer and Boss stay on call in case the K-9 is needed by the ZPD or any surrounding agencies. Before serving with Boss, Officer Brazer had to undergo a month of training at the National Narcotic Detective Dog Agency in Dooley County. Officer Brazer takes Boss home with him when he is off duty and has one other dog at home, a pit bull who doesn’t understand why he can’t go to work each day too. Other than placing a cage in the back of a patrol vehicle, no other special arrangements have to be made for the new K-9 officer. He spends most of his time in the patrol vehicle since he can not relax while near the evidence room in ZPD headquarters. His work has already resulted in multiple arrests for possession of illegal drugs.

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