CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Police introduce us to their newest K9 officer.
Gunny is a 2 year old (almost) German Shorthaired Pointer.
He was trained in Anniston, Alabama by Vapor Wake K9.
He will be teamed with Sgt. Sean O’Brien.
“Gunther is a smart, gentle dog who loves to work and train,” said CPD Sgt. Sean O’Brien. “I’m pleased to introduce him to members of the community and work alongside such a skilled and dependable partner.”
Unlike the other dogs they have now, Gunny will be able to detect ordors of explosives in large crowds or while on the run.
He will support the CPD Gun Team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team, and Neighborhood Policing Bureau, while also being available to other policing agencies when needed.
K9 Gunny and Handler Sgt. O’Brien have actually been on the job for almost a month.
And they have been busy, already:
- Three area searches related to shots fired/pursuit calls with one weapon recovered
- One area search related to an armed robbery
- One building and area search related to a CPD Gun Team search warrant
- One school sweep
- Two sweeps and vapor searches for public events
- One sweep of the Chattanooga Airport
“CPD has been improving and increasing its use of technology to provide improved public safety in recent years, said Chief David Roddy. “It just makes sense to also utilize the most current canine technology available to further enhance public safety at events and crowded locations not just in Chattanooga, but also in the surrounding area.”
A Homeland Security Grant paid for Gunny’s purchase and training.
Chattanooga Police now have 7 active dogs in their K9 unit.