(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says the dogs in their K-9 unit are certified in the three main areas they are primarily utilized for. Those three areas are apprehension, or as Johnson says, the ability to go after a fleeing suspect and if necessary bite them in order to apprehend them. The second area is narcotics detection with training in four key smells: methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or opioids, and THC. The last area is tracking, the ability to follow a scent to find a missing person or suspect.
The department currently has two K-9’s on their roster. Yeti is paired with Officer Kevin Hall and Boomer is with Officer Brian Schneider. Johnson says Boomer and Schneider were a package deal from the Waupun Police Department, replacing Lieutenant Brad Konkel who took his dog Charlie with him to Columbus. He says when Schneider applied with the Beaver Dam Police Department they realized he was a K-9 handler they approached the Waupun department with an offer to purchase Boomer.
During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Johnson said both K-9’s have a community relations component to their job. He says they can take them out to schools or fundraisers and can be pet as well as interact with the public.
Johnson says they do not pay to have the dogs certified for corpse sniffing or bomb detections because there are not enough instances to require it.