Center Line gets new K9 officer – Macomb Daily
Center Line Public Safety has a new K9 officer, Jax, joining the force after training in the Czech Republic.
The young German Shepherd is currently completing his Special Vocational Training and will team up with Officer Jonathan Talerico, who served at Center Line for just over two years.
In February, K9 Officer Murphy and his partner Sgt. David Allen has retired, leaving a vacant position with the city’s K9 team.
“Jax and his partner will begin their patrols of the city in November of this year,” said Paul Myszenski, the Central Line’s Director of Public Safety. “But first they will have to complete their training; and Jax is currently in his initial phase of training, then Officer Talerico and Jax will begin training together in October at Oakland K9 Academy.”
In 2016, the City of Center Line and its business partners, residents, and nonprofit organizations came together to fund the purchase of a K9 unit.
“With the efforts of retired Sgt. David Allen, who still works for Center Line as an ordinance enforcement officer, Jax’s arrival comes after securing a substantial donation from Kramer Homes Co-op and of its board of directors,” said Center Line City Manager Dennis Champine.
Kramer Homes Co-op is a 500-unit housing co-op located on 10 Mile Road at Center Line.
As part of the City of Center Line’s efforts to keep its promise of not using taxpayer dollars to maintain the K9 unit, it has partnered with the Center Line Public Safety K9 Foundation. While funding for the assigned officer will still be provided by taxpayers, Jax’s expenses such as medical care, food and equipment will continue to be covered by donations to the K9 Center Line Public Safety Foundation (CLPS). ).
For more information on how the public can support this local program, visit the CLPS K-9 Foundation website at centerlinek9.org, or call the City of Center Line at 586-757-6800. CLPS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Those wishing to donate to the CLPS K-9 Foundation can do so through their PayPal account on the website.