BANGOR- Last month, Bangor police officers welcomed their newest K9 officer.
After the new pup undergoes extensive training, she’ll become the newest member of the Bangor Police Department’s K9 unit.
“100 miles an hour all the time. She just wants to work. She hates being in the kennel. Loves finding stuff. Loves training,” said Jessy’s handler, officer Lucas Libby.
For the next several months, Jessy will undergo training for tracking and narcotics search.
She’s been working on her official training for about month now.
“She’s on it. She’s definitely imprinted on most drugs. Cocaine is the easiest one for her to find because it has the strongest scent. She’s pretty proficient on that one,” Libby said.
When she’s not at formal training, she tags along with Libby.
“She’ll normally ride around and go on calls with me so she gets used to being in the cruiser. It’s her second home really,” Libby said. “So she’ll get used to the lights and sirens and other officers.”
Sgt. Jamie Fanning has been a K9 handler for the past five years.
She said their work is invaluable.
“We do a lot of tracks. We do a lot of drug work, walking around a vehicle looking for drugs…evidence searches. If we have a suspect that runs off with a gun and knife and tries to ditch it, we look for stuff like that,” Fanning said.
“I’ve always wanted to be a K9 handler,” said Libby. “Ever since I was a kid, I saw cops with dogs and thought it was the coolest thing. Turns out it really is the coolest job ever.”
Jessy will hopefully be certified by the end of summer.