New Philadelphia's newest police dog makes first find of narcotics – Times Reporter
NEW PHILADELPHIA — Just days on the job, K-9 Cooper, New Philadelphia’s newest police dog, has already made his first find of illegal drugs.
On Monday, Cooper’s handler, Officer Brad Geist, instituted a traffic stop on W. High Avenue, stemming from a theft that occurred at a local business.
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After speaking with the occupants, Geist said he determined there was reasonable enough suspicion to do a search of the vehicle with an open air sniff. He got Cooper out of his vehicle, the dog did an open air sniff and alerted Geist to the presence of narcotics.
The narcotics were located and sent off for testing, Geist said.
“Right off the bat, we’re off to a good start,” Safety Director Greg Popham told city council later that day.
K-9 Cooper, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, completed his state certification on March 17 and was sworn in by Mayor Joel Day on March 24.
The dog is the second canine on New Philadelphia’s police force. He joins K-9 Diesel and his handler, Officer Mike Pierce.
“K-9 units have proven to be invaluable crime fighting tools to our police force,” Day told council. “I want to sincerely thank the businesses and community members whose contributions made the hiring of our four-legged officers possible.”