The Greenville Police Department has a new crime-fighting canine patrolling the streets.
The department recently added Scooter, a black Labrador retriever, to its Vice and Narcotics division.
Scooter is named after Scott Willis, who was nicknamed Scooter by his fellow officers during his time as a member of the Greenville Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics division.
Willis and his wife, Katherine, made a donation to the department’s K-9 Fund earlier this year that allowed for the purchase of Scooter, according to a press release. Their donation also paid for Scooter’s training at Astro Kennels in Simpsonville, where he was also certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association.
Sniffing for explosives
Scooter isn’t the only addition to the Greenville Police Department.
In October, the Greenville Lions Club donated $20,000 to the department for the purchase and training of an explosive detection dog. The donation will also pay for handler training as well as seven years of dog food, according to Lt. Allen Johnson, who currently oversees the K-9 Services Unit
Johnson said he plans to hire a handler from within the department and select a dog by May.
“The dogs are vital to the department’s field operations, and this new dog is going to benefit both our officers and community,” Johnson said. “We’ve needed a bomb detection dog for a while now.”
The department’s K-9 unit consist of five teams. The dogs – Rocky, Valor, Ghost, Sarge and Saber – can detect narcotics, search buildings, track suspects and provide aggression control.
The new dog will be named Leo in honor of the Lions Club, according to Johnson.