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Police Department welcomes new K-9 Print E-mail

Miamisburg, Ohio - Oct. 9, 2018:  The Miamisburg Police Department has re-launched its K-9 unit with a two-year-old German Shepherd and an officer with extensive experience in handling and training security dogs.

Officer Bryan Klein and his new partner, Buck, completed training as a team this fall in Wapakoneta and began patrol duty in the community.  They typically work a late-night shift.

“A police K-9 has numerous benefits for law enforcement, including deterrence, officer safety, tracking and drug detection,” Chief John Sedlak said.  “They also can be a great outreach tool in the community.  We’re very pleased to have Buck on our force, and Bryan is a highly qualified handler for him.”

Officer Klein has only been with the Miamisburg Police Department since late 2017, but Chief Sedlak said his vast experience made him a natural selection for this assignment.  He spent six years utilizing military working dogs in the U.S. Air Force in a law enforcement and security capacity.  He also attended training courses at various Air Force bases across the country and logged hundreds of hours instructing and training with K-9 divisions with such agencies as the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Pima County Sheriff, the Arizona Bureau and Land Management and the Israeli Army.  He also has participated in life-saving training in K-9 first aid provided by the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.

Miamisburg has been without a K-9 since 2016 when Torro was taken out of service due to health reasons.  Since that time, any local need for a K-9 was dispatched through other agencies in the region.  Torro’s former partner, Josh Himan, is now a sergeant and is supervising the new K-9 unit.

“I’ve enjoyed working closely with dogs during my career, and I’m excited to begin this partnership with Buck,” Officer Klein said.  “We’ll try to be the best K-9 unit in the area.”

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