BELFAST – The Belfast Police Department just got a new staff member and he isn’t your average officer. With his keen sense for locating people, he’s going to prove himself essential to the team.
It’s a different kind of partnership, one that requires intense training on communication” and search and rescue while walking on four legs.”
“I’ve put as much trust in him as he has in me,” said Travis Spencer, a patrolman at the Belfast Police Department, “One thing that he will do. He won’t give up and if he doesn’t give up, I won’t give up.”
“It really serves a purpose,” said Chief Michael McFadden, “It serves a purpose that goes beyond what we’re capable as human beings of doing.”
So far, Dex is already ahead of the game, but behind every k-9 is a handler who spends every waking hour with it.”
“It was our first track – it was our first ever track,” said Spencer.
Whether it was walking in chest high water or locating foot prints, Dex proved himself proficient despite being just out of dog academy.
“I just put my trust in him and followed him and let him work,” said Spencer.
After two days of Dex following a scent to the water, he was able to locate the suspect who was hiding in a camp on an island.
“I know he’s going to work no matter what. He wants to work not just for me, but with me,” said Spencer, “I want to be consistent to work with him and be able to accomplish the things that we want to accomplish.”