CENTER GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT K9s
K9 Edo K9 OszyThe CGPD K9 handlers program was introduced to Center Grove schools in August 2013. The dogs help deter the introduction of illegal drugs to school and confiscate them when they are detected. They also keep our schools safe through patrols for munitions and explosives. Two of the K9s can also track when needed. Center Grove is fortunate to have had donations provided to cover nearly the entire cost of all three K9s. All of the K9s came to Center Grove from VonLiche Kennels in Denver, Indiana.Each K9 is outfitted with the basic equipment required based on his specialty. The patrol vehicles to which the K9s and officers are assigned are equipped to allow a comfortable and secure area for the K9 to ride while on patrol.K9 Bandit is assigned full-time to Center Grove Police Sergeant James Cooper who is a certified K9 Handler. Officer Cooper and Bandit are certified in the state of Indiana for narcotics detection. Bandit is also a certified tracker.K9 Edo is assigned full-time to Center Grove Police Officer David Beasley who is a certified K9 Handler. Edo is certified in the state of Indiana for explosives detection. Edo is also a certified tracker.K9 Oszy is assigned full-time to Center Grove Police Lieutenant Jason Beck who is a certified K9 Handler. Sgt. Beck and Oszy are certified in the state of Indiana for munitions and narcotics detection.The CGPD K9s visit the elementary schools to conduct programs aimed at developing positive relationships between the students and law enforcement officers. They also regularly patrol the middle schools and high school to continue those positive relationship with students.