Bryan police welcome two new K9 officers

Published: Dec. 14, 2016 at 4:58 PM CST
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In May 2016, the Bryan Police Department selected Officer Chase LeBlanc and Scott Jones as the new police service dog handlers. The K-9 Unit supervisor Sgt. Chad Hanks and the two new handlers traveled to Sweetwater, Tennessee to select and purchase two new police service dogs.

The trio tested six dogs and selected the two most driven and trainable police service dogs. Officer Chase LeBlanc was partnered with K9 Blitz, a 2 year old Belgian Malinois, and Officer Scott Jones was partnered with K9 Rox, a 3 year old Dutch Shepard.

The two police service dog teams completed a rigorous 16 week basic K9 Handlers course. The lessons were physically demanding on both the police service dogs and handlers.

The topics covered in the course of building searches, tracking, evidence recovery, narcotics searches, suspect apprehension, obedience, gunfire discipline, and tactical deployments. The teams successfully completed the 16 week course in November and obtained an International Police Dog Handlers Certification for Patrol Dog Applications and Narcotics Detection