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MPD graduates new K-9 Officer Charter

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery Police Department is welcoming its newest K-9 officer to the force after she successfully completed her training.

K-9 Charter, who is an 11-month-old Belgian Malinios, completed the 10 weeks of training at the Alabama K-9 Law Enforcement Training Center. She then went on to complete an additional four weeks of training with her assigned handler with the department.

Mayor Todd Strange and Interim Police Chief John Brown thanked Charter Communications during today's ceremony for the generous donation in support of MPD's K-9 enforcement program.

"Our K-9 partners help us better serve the people of Montgomery," said Brown. "Thanks to Charter Communications, K-9 Charter is working to increase public safety by combating illegal drug activity."

"Giving back to the communities we serve is a tradition in our company," said Weldon Feightner, vice president and general manager for Charter's operations in Alabama and Georgia. "We are proud to have provided the funding for K-9 Charter and watch her grow into an important law enforcement officer and begin working to keep citizens in the City of Montgomery safe."

The K-9 enforcement program is used to help prevent and detect criminal activity. They are used for building searches, drug detection crowd control and tracking. Charter will be assigned to the Special Operations Division where she will assist the Narcotics Bureau with search and seizure operations.

MPD currently has a total of 12 K-9 officers. Police K-9 officers usually serve with MPD until they are about 10 years old, at which time they retire and are placed in a loving home for the remainder of their lives.

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