NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police dogs play an important role in combating the heroin epidemic in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
One of them is Dany, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, who is handled by Springfield Township Police Officer Glenn Corey.
The two started working together in 2012, and deal with everything from narcotics to catching criminals.
“You hear these people say, ‘Not in our community,’ or ‘Not in this community,’ but it is coast to coast,” Corey said. “It’s nowhere worse than the next place.”
One new exercise they practice is called “reasonable force.”
For that, officers need some extra protection, wearing suits that can weigh up to 50 pounds.
“But police don’t like to use them all that often,” Corey said. “Instead, preferring muzzle training while only using these suits in the most extreme criminal apprehension training situations.”
In this scenario, a suspect is in a stand-off with police and the dog has to chase them down.
In a behind-the-scenes demonstration, WKBN 27 First News Reporter Dan Marcel became the subject of a K-9 take-down.
A dog’s nose is roughly 40 times more powerful than a human’s.
After Corey placed drugs in a WKBN car, it took Dany less than 15 seconds to find them.
“We’ve found heroine in gas tanks with gas,” Corey said. “Their nose can break down smells. He’ll be like, ‘There’s gas there, and heroine.’ It can decipher differences. Where, we smells gas, it’s gas.”
Corey said the bond between him and Dany grows every day.