UTICA — The newest and youngest member of the Utica Police Department was officially sworn in for duty at Monday’s meeting of Utica Village Council. Joining the police force was K9 officer Blaze, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois.
“This is just another tool to help us combat the drugs in the community,” said Utica Police Chief Cliff Bigler.
Handlers for Blaze are Krystal Kessler and Cameron Dailey.
“He is dual-purpose, certified in patrol and narcotics,” said Dailey. “He can track people in doing an area search and an article search on a suspect.”
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