Officers Graduate From Mansfield K-9 Program Friday

  • 12/7/2018 2:34:26 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Several officers who went through training courses with Mansfield Police Department's K-9 program graduated on Friday afternoon, celebrating their achievement with a demonstration and refreshments. The program trains the K-9s and their handlers on advanced techniques and protocol for situations involving K9 units.

"The first handler is Cory Gaelic, and he's out of Marion," said Sara Mosier-Napier, K-9 Unit Officer and Trainer. "His dog's name is Viking. She's a female German Shepherd. Shannon Smith is out of Middleport PD, and he has K-9 Bonnie. Bonnie is a one-year-old Belgian Malinois. Ryan Kelly is also out of Marion County Sheriff's Office, and his K-9 partner is Nero. He is also a Belgian Malinois."

Mosier-Napier is a well-respected officer in the Mansfield Police Department and has been with the K-9 Unit for a number of years. The unit is always working to be safe and efficient and regularly trains in order to be prepared for any urgent situation.

"Our unit itself trains twice a month," Mosier-Napier said. "Every other week we train, so it's 16 hours a month. For this specific training, we get usually up to 12 weeks to train the dogs."

The graduation was attended by several influential figures in the community, including Mansfield Police Department's Assistant Chief, Keith Porch. All those in attendance were treated to cake and other refreshments as each of the officers in the program received their certificates.

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