MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WOWK) – The Ripley Police Department is in week two of training its newest recruit, K-9 Officer Ron.
Ronn is a two-year-old German Shepherd who was bred and Germany and is now undergoing training at Pine Grove Kennel is Reedsville, Ohio.
Since 2000, Pine Grove Kennel has trained over 400 law enforcement dogs in and around the Tristate area.
Kennel Owner, Steven Heater said he began this business for his love in working with dogs. He has been training dogs since the age of 10, but training K-9s is fun but a lot work and often times stressful, but in the end well worth it.
“It has always amazed me how they can go down and bite somebody, let go of the guy and you can reach down and pet them. They turn it on and off,” said Heater.
It has been twelve years since Ripley Police have had a K-9 division. The push to receive funding for a K-9 officer was led by Ripley Police Chief, Brad Anderson who received whole support from the city council who approved it.
K-9 Ronn’s handler, Officer Ben hart also helped push to get this initiative passed.
“I love dogs and just always having a partner 24/7.”
Training has just begun but Hart believes together they help rid the City of Ripley of drugs and crime.
“I’m confident, I mean he comes out, he does what her needs to do and he’s done really well. I’ve only been here a week and a half now and he knows more than I do at this point,” said Hart.
The duo will be training for the next few weeks and then K-9 Ronn must take a series of tests and pass to receive state certification before he can begin protecting the streets.