Last month Mentor Police Chief Daniel Llewellyn held the 9th annual, invitation-only open house to introduce citizens to both the two- and four-legged members of the Mentor Police Department (MPD) K9 Unit.  Started in 1981, the MPD K9 unit is the longest running K9 program in Lake County.

Here’s a quick bio of the stars of the unit:

Team Titan:  Titan with Officer Terry Wurgler

Titan is dual-purpose police dog, a pure bred male German shepherd, born on July 16, 2010 in the Netherlands.  Imported to the US in October 2011, he and Officer Terry Wurgler, a six-year veteran of MPD, trained at Shallow Creek Kennels located in Sharpsville, PA.

Titan became the 13th member of the MPD K9 Unit when he and Officer Wurgler graduated from K9 School on December 23, 2011.

Team Titan is state and nationally certified in building search, area search, article search, tracking, obedience, officer protection, suspect apprehension and narcotics detection.

Titan enjoys his off-duty hours relaxing at the Wurgler residence with his adopted family.

Team Bo:  Bo with Officer Bill Mackey

Bo is also a dual-purpose police dog, a 90-pound purebred male German shepherd born on November 1, 2010 in Czechoslovakia.  He was imported to the US to finish his training at the Shallow Creek Kennels K9 School with his partner, Officer Bill Mackey, a twelve-year veteran of MPD.

Both successfully completed the training course and graduated in May of 2012 with national certification in drug detection, tracking, building and area search, article search, obedience, and suspect apprehension.

Bo is the 14th member of the MPD K9 Unit.

When he’s not on duty, Bo calls the Mackey residence home and enjoys the company of Officer Mackey, his wife and three children.

Titan locates a drug stash in a car.

One of the highlights of the evening was watching Titan and then Bo locate drugs hidden in a car.  It didn’t take them long to locate what they’d been trained to sniff out.

Since last January through September 28, Titan has amassed these performance credits:  Mutual Aid-6 times, Suspect Control-2, Handler Protection-1, Assist Other Officers-31, Community Policing-14, Area Searches-1, Building Searches-3, Tracks-10, Narcotics Detection Search-32.

Since last May 21 to September 28, Bo’s performance credits are Mutual Aid-1 time, Community Policing-6, Building Searches-2, Tracks-6, Narcotics Detection Search-7.

No wonder it’s Better in Mentor.

It was a fun and interesting evening.  Before the drug-finding demonstration, we enjoyed refreshments as we talked to Officers Wurgler and Mackey about their experiences with their K9 partners.

If you’d like an invite to next year’s party, here’s all you have to do:

Send a tax-deductible check made out to “City of Mentor” to support the efforts of the K9 Unit to Mentor Police Department, Attention: Judy Koteles, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor 44060.  Please indicate on your check or in a note that the check is for the K9 Unit.

I almost forgot the best part!  In addition to a great event, you’ll also receive a genuine (miniature) Mentor Police Officer badge, which you can wear to show the world you’re a (miniature) officer of MPD—but a big supporter.

See you next year?


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