ELKINS - Elkins has a new police officer in town, but instead of a uniform he will be wearing a leash.
Armor, a two-year-old black lab K-9 officer, reported for police duty this week. Armor was officially cleared for duty and he and his handler, Senior Patrolman M.J. Sigley, are preparing to serve the community as a team.
Armor will be utilized in tracking, locating drugs and in schools.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Chad Clem
Elkins Mayor Van Broughton greets K-9 officer Armor and his handler, Senior Patrolman M.J. Sigley, at City Hall in Elkins Friday morning.
Armor and Sigley underwent a 90-day training session to prepare for duty.
Lt. S.D. Richards said that Armor will be a certified officer and will be legally protected in the event of injury or some other incident in the line of duty. Any criminal activity resulting in harm to Armor could result in charges of battery against a police officer.
Armor was purchased from Battle Ridge Kennels of Madison. He joins Officer Macy, a K-9 unit who has been on the job for Elkins for the past year.
Richards said the K-9 officers are scheduled so that one works during the day while the other works at night.
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