The Perryville Police Department recently added a new K9 officer, Edo, to its force. He was assigned to his handler, Jon-Erik Bradford last month, and the two completed an 8-week training course together.
Edo began patrol last Friday. He is cross-trained in narcotics detection, scent tracking, and handler protection.
Corporal Jeri Cain says Edo replaced their last K9, Punner, who they lost due to medical issues last June. She says they’re not looking to get more than one K9 officer.
“With the size of the community that we have, the one K9 is sufficient enough for us at this time,” says Cpl. Cain.
The Perry County Sheriff's Department also has one K9 officer, who they will soon be retiring for a new one this fall. Until the county K9 is trained and ready for patrol, Edo will be the only one certified in Perry County.