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The Use of Dogs as Effective Tools in Police Work

  • Mediterranean Party Center 25021 Rockside Road Bedford Heights, Ohio 44146 (map)

The Use of Dogs as Effective Tools in Police Work

Sgt. Bob Majer, Overseer of the K9 Program and

Patrolman Ryan Kaetzel, Handler & K-9 Bosco

Bedford Heights Police Department
February 13, 2019

Luncheon Meeting – 11:30 a.m. til 1 p.m.

Mediterranean Party Center

 25021 Rockside Road, Bedford Heights, 44146

 A police dog commonly referred to as a “K-9” is a dog specifically trained to assist police and other law enforcement personnel.  They can be used effectively in searching for drugs and explosives, locating missing people, finding crime scene evidence, and attacking people targeted by police. Why do we bother using police dogs at all?  For one thing, their keen sense of smell is almost 50 times more sensitive than a human’s.

 Sgt. Majer will discuss how dogs are selected and what breeds are most common in policing today.  He will also discuss what police dogs are trained to do and specifically talk about the areas K-9 Bosco is trained in.   Sgt. Majer will talk about the valuable role K-9 Units play in Community Policing.  There will also be a K-9 demonstration.

 Sgt. Majer is an eleven year veteran with the Bedford Heights Police Department.  He served as a former K-9 handler for 5 years until his K-9 partner retired due to medical reasons.  He is now the overseer of the K-9 Program for the Department and works primarily as the afternoon shift supervisor.  Patrolman Kaetzel has been a police officer since 2006.  He has worked for the Bedford Heights P.D. since 2011 and is currently the only K-9 handler in Bedford Heights.  K-9 Bosco is a two-year old German Shepard who graduated K-9 School in April 2018.

Reservations are required for this meeting.   The cost for members is $22 and $27 for non-members.  For those who chose to pay at the door, you may pay only by cash or check, no credit cards will be accepted.  All attendees must make their payment on or before the meeting, members cannot request to be invoiced.  Anyone making a reservation and do not attend without making a proper cancelation will be charged for the meeting.  This meeting qualifies as 1 of the 10 meetings that are required under the BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program.   

IMPORTANT – For your organization to receive credit for attending the meeting you must stay until the end.   If you leave early, your organization may not receive credit for the meeting.