Fairborn Police Department second K-9 Unit to start duties Monday, June 19


By Whitney Vickers - wvicker@civitasmedia.com



Submitted photos Niko is the Fairborn Police Department’s newest K-9 Unit, slated to hit the streets alongside his handler Officer Rodney Myers Monday, June 9.


Niko is a 13-month-old German Shepard who sports solid-black fur and is considered a multi-purpose dog.


FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Police Department’s newest addition, K-9 Unit Niko, and his newly-trained handler Officer Rodney Myers are slated to hit the streets Monday, June 19 for the first time as a team.

The pair will work together sniffing out crimes, tracking and apprehending suspects as well as conducting article and building searches. Niko is a 13-month-old German Shepard, sporting solid black fur and weighing 80 pounds. Both Niko and Bac, the department’s only K-9 Unit currently working the force, are considered multi-purpose dogs and will share duties. They are both cross-trained to help solve a number of crimes; they are not trained to sniff out bombs.

“There are several jurisdictions in the area who have K-9 Units, but a lot of the time, they [will be off duty],” Fairborn Police Sergeant Willard Watts said. “Let’s say [the] Beavercreek (Police Department’s) dog isn’t on duty — we’ll use mutual aid and work with them on whatever they have requested him for — but the majority of his (Bac) work is done in Fairborn.”

Myers and Niko have been in training at Gold Shield Canine Training just outside of Columbus since May 8 and are expected to complete six-week training course by Friday, June 16. Myers, formerly a sergeant in the department, volunteered to be an officer to become the second K-9 Unit’s handler.

Bac was called into action 122 times in 2016, accompanying 22 felony arrests and 22 misdemeanor arrests, in addition to locating more than 208 pounds of narcotics and assisting in $304,000 monetary seizures alongside the Greene County ACE Task Force, according to a previous interview with Watts.

“We’re excited to have a second K-9 on the street,” Watts said. “They’re doing well in class. We’re looking forward to getting Officer Myers and Niko on the streets.”

Submitted photos Niko is the Fairborn Police Department’s newest K-9 Unit, slated to hit the streets alongside his handler Officer Rodney Myers Monday, June 9.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_PenceAndNiko-1.jpgSubmitted photos Niko is the Fairborn Police Department’s newest K-9 Unit, slated to hit the streets alongside his handler Officer Rodney Myers Monday, June 9.

Niko is a 13-month-old German Shepard who sports solid-black fur and is considered a multi-purpose dog.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/06/web1_Niko-1.jpgNiko is a 13-month-old German Shepard who sports solid-black fur and is considered a multi-purpose dog.

By Whitney Vickers

wvicker@civitasmedia.com

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.

Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.