German Shepherd Dog Club of Eastern Virginia
2013 K-9 Awards Presentation
nOVEMBER 3, 2013 - 12:00PM
In conjunction with the Virginia Beach Kennel Club
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
OFFICER BRADFORD SEERY - K9 KILO - 6.5 years old, Utility/Narcotics
On January 1, 2012, Officer Seery and his K-9 partner “Kilo” responded to assist units with an Armed Robbery, Malicious Wounding and Abduction. Officer Seery and his partner conducted a track that located crucial evidence that led officer/detectives to the suspect(s), and eventual arrest.
Officer Seery was also responsible for the majority of the money raised to fund the 2012, Iron Dog Challenge. Officer Seery was very diligent in contacting local businesses in the area to raise money to host this event and provide $500.00 donations to the Chesapeake Police Memorial Fund and the Jet Li Foundation. John “Jet Li” was a Master-at-Arms in the USN, who was killed along with his canine partner in Afghanistan in 2011.
In 2012, Officer Seery and his partner conducted 7 apprehensions, assisted in 476 calls for police services, and helped with 39 felony arrests, 48 misdemeanor arrests, and 647 narcotic searches.
OFFICER MICHAEL SLEZAK - K9 NITRO - 3 years old, Utility/Narcotics
Officer Slezak, besides being a member of the Chesapeake Police K9 Unit, is also a member of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. As a member of this Unit he has been able to provide training regarding boat operations and the use of the police canine. Officer Slezak and his partner “Nitro” would routinely try different methods of water operations and how best to utilize the Police K9 Unit.
This training would also involve other agencies to include the Norfolk Police Dept. K-9 Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 2012, Officer Slezak and his K-9 partner made 4 apprehension, 10 area searches, assisted in 309 calls for service, assisted in 40 felony arrests, 42 misdemeanor arrests, and 210 narcotic searches.
MPO NICHOLAS STEWART- K9 HELO - 8 years old, Utility/Narcotics
During “Helo’s” years of service as a Dual Purpose Patrol Dog with the department he has had two handlers, first MPO Randall Petrosky from May 31, 2005 to February 1, 2011 and then he was retrained with MPO Nick Stewart and assigned on February 15, 2011 till present. For a short time during the time between handlers “Helo” was my responsibility as trainer and kennel master. I have always found “Helo” to have an excellent temperament, highly motivated, an eager to please his trainer or handler with a high prey drive.
“Helo” is a eight year old German Shepherd that has and continued to provide priceless service to the citizens and visitors of the city of Newport News by performing such tasks as tracking, area searches, building searches, article/evidence searches, officer protection, and drug detection sniffs. Collectively MPO Randall Petrosky, and MPO Nick Stewart with “Helo” have been involved in numerous felonies, and misdemeanor arrests during the last Six and one half years that includes felonious assaults, grand larceny, stolen auto, weapon charges, possession of illegal drug charges and assault of a law enforcement officer. Without the use of this well trained K-9, these illegal acts may have resulted in additional or continuing crimes. All of “Helo’s” criminal apprehensions are non bite apprehensions and just because of his present the suspects surrendered when “Helo” located them either at the end of a track or during a building search, without his present things could have ended differently.
During the last nine months MPO Nick Stewart with “Helo” had participated in several public K-9 demonstrations to inform and promote the City of Newport News and police department’s K-9 unit. “Helo’s” is always a hit at these demonstrations and because of this he provides a common interest between the department and the citizens. As a result, this makes for a better working relationship between law enforcement and the community. This involvement with the community makes the department more effective in preventing and deterring criminal activity.
As an example of “Helo’s” most recent service to the community is in the following incidents:
In 2005 shortly after Helo was on the street officers were looking for a felony suspect that had seriously injured a victim during a robbery and also stole her vehicle, when they observed him in another stolen vehicle a foot pursuit incurred. The suspect was able to lose the officers and they then requested a K-9 team. MPO Petrosky with K-9 Helo arrived on scene and observed the subject running and at that time the officer gave out warnings and “Helo” was sent and at that time the suspect gave up. Helo went to the subject barked and kept him there until officers arrived and took him into custody. Because of this teams actions officers were able to take this dangerous subject off the street.
On August 24, 2011 units were dispatched to the area of Shellabarger Drive in reference to a car-jacking. When units arrived they observed the vehicle and a short pursuit occurred and then a foot pursuit in which they lost sight of the subject. MPO Stewart and K-9 “Helo” arrived on scene and started a track at the point last seen and after several attempts Helo took the officers to a location where the subject was located Helo went up to the subject and the subject gave up and Helo was called back. The suspect complied to instructions from the handler and was taken into custody and charged with the car-jacking.
These are just two examples of how ‘Helo” has served the citizens of Newport News. By “Helo” being present at the two above incidents he most likely prevented resistance that could have resulted in serious injury to the officers or the use of deadly force.
“Helo” is one of seven patrol dogs assigned to the Newport News Police Department. At this time three of the teams are off the street in reference to the dogs being retrained to new handlers, and one of the teams was out in reference to Handler being injured. This means that for the last several months the main responsibility for covering the street fell on MPO Stewart and “Helo” and Officer Pearce and K-9 Ares.
As a Virginia Police Work Dog Association Utility Master Trainer and trainer for the Newport News Police Department’s K-9 Unit, I highly recommend K-9 “Helo” and Handler Nick Stewart be considered for the German Shepherd Club’s “top Service Dog Award”.
MPO GENE RUHLEN - K-9 KLAUSE - 4 years old,
MPO Ruhlen and K-9 “Klause” is a single purpose team in the discipline of patrol but latter this year will be dual purpose in explosive detection. . Klause has been working since 2011. From day one Klause showed signs of being a great asset to the department. After patrol dog school, the team was assigned to day shift MPO Ruhlen works the street with two dogs, the second one K-9 “Jordan” trained to detect explosive.
K-9 “Klause” is a four year old, German Shepherd that has and continues to provide a priceless service to the citizens and visitors of the City of Newport News. In the past year this team performed tasks for the department: to include tracking, area searches, building searches, area searches, and officer protection. This team often assists other jurisdictions with their canine needs. On January 7, 2013 K-9 “Klause” and his Partner MPO Ruhlen were called to a location in reference to a burglary in progress. When the team arrived on the scene he found that the officers had the building secured and was advised that there was at least two suspects inside. MPO Ruhlen took k-9 “Klause” up to the back door and gave out warnings that he was going to release his dog into the building. A short time later two suspects called out and were then taken into custody, up to this point the suspects would not make contact with officers. Klause presence on scene made things safer for all parties involved.
Finally, MPO Ruhlen and “Klause” are routinely asked to participate in public K-9 demonstrations and when he is available does assist. This team is always a “hit” during these demonstrations and because of this he provides a common interest between our department and the citizens. This team makes for a better relationship between law enforcement and community which helps with preventing and deterring criminal activity.
MPO PENNINGTON - K-9 ZIDAN
Officer Pennington and K-9 Zidan started their training in April of 2011. From day one they showed signs of being a great dog team. After patrol dog school, the team went straight into Basic Narcotics Detection school. The certified dog team hit the road running in November 2011.
K-9 Zidan is a four year old, German Shepherd that has and continues to provide a priceless service to the citizens and visitors of the City of Newport News. Last year I put Zidan in for an award from The German Shepherd Dog Club of Eastern Virginia and he was recognized for his service. In the past year this team has continue to perform tasks for the department: to include tracking, area searches, building searches, evidence searches, officer protection and numerous narcotic searches. Over the past year, K-9 Zidan and Officer Pennington have been involved in numerous felonies and misdemeanor arrest. This team often assists other jurisdictions with their canine needs, On May 10, 2013 K-9 Zidan and his Partner MPO Pennington searched a wooded area for a subject that left the scene of an accident and then wrecked his the vehicle and fled into the woods. Zidan alerted in a ditch where a subject was hiding under some leaves and he was taken into custody. K-9 Zidan’s narcotic detection continues to be stellar and he has assisted with the recovery marijuana, cocaine, and heroin over the past year.
Finally, Officer Pennington and Zidan routinely participate in public K-9 demonstrations to inform and promote the City of Newport News and the police department’s K-9 Unit. This team is always a “hit” during these demonstrations and because of this he provides a common interest between our department and the citizens. This team makes for a better relationship between law enforcement and the community which helps with preventing and deterring criminal activity.
MILITARY WORKING DOG
Officer Lou and MWD Duuk Retired Military Working Dog
9/10/2013 - FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Many of the military working dogs employed by the U.S. Army have experienced multiple deployments throughout the world, and some have paid the ultimate sacrifice while dutifully conducting their missions.
After years of faithful service - usually upwards of 10 years - some MWDs have a chance to take off their vests and put on a collar as a family pet. On Sept. 9, Duuk (pronounced "Duke") became one such pet. Duuk, an 11-year-old explosives detection dog, served for the past eight years and was previously assigned to the 3rd Military Police Detachment at Fort Eustis.
Following years of faithful service including four deployments to Iraq, numerous demonstrations at various community events, law enforcement support to the installation and worldwide missions, Duuk was submitted to the MWD adoption program.
The program began in November 2000 when then-President Bill Clinton signed a bill called "Robby's Law," which allowed for the adoption of MWDs that are declared "excess" by the military and are deemed adoptable. Since then, families and prior handlers across the nation have adopted these warriors and brought them home to enjoy their retirement in the comfort and love of a home.
Duuk, as with other MWDs, went through a vetting process conducted by the 37th Training Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The dogs eligible for adoption are usually young dogs who did not meet the training requirements and have little to no training, or older dogs who are medically incapable to perform military duty. Duuk has minor hip problems, which is not surprising given his record, said U.S. Army Sgt John Nolan, 3rd MP Det. dog handler.
"Duuk has been with the [3rd MP Det.] since the very beginning of the unit," said Nolan. "He is a gentle pup, and he definitely deserves a few years of rest after all of his hard work."
Andrew Lou, Newport News Police Department detective, adopted Duuk after hearing his story.
"My wife and I have been looking for a dog for quite some time," said Lou. "When we saw a [MWD] up for adoption, I called her and told her I found one."
Lou said he heard about Duuk and immediately looked into the adoption process to give the dog the rest he deserves.
"Being in the NNPD, I have seen a number of working dogs and I know how much they train and endure in their line of duty," said Lou. "Duuk, and every other dog like him, have more than earned a retirement, and I know he will be a great companion to my family."
Our deepest gratitude goes out to all our officers that participated and all that protects our communities!