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Oconto Police’s canine handler named state VFW’s Officer of the 12 months


OCONTO – Oconto Police Officer Brad Shearer was honored final month because the Police Officer of the 12 months by the Wisconsin VFW.

Shearer, who was amongst 4 chosen because the state VFW’s Public Servants of the 12 months, was acknowledged for his efforts in acquiring and utilizing police canine Falco.

Getting the 2-year-old Belgian Malinois was a staff effort, he stated, as Police Chief Mike Rehberg and his spouse Annie Rehberg solicited donations from native enterprise, and officer Kassie Dufek ready grant purposes that offered further funding.

“With out these three this program isn’t right here, interval,” he stated. “Falco wouldn’t be sitting right here with out them.”

Shearer, who did the analysis for the canine and ready a funds, picked up Falco on the kennel exterior Toronto in late October after which accomplished a weeklong coaching session.

He and Falco labored the floating place, filling in when different officers are off. Shearer stated that gives flexibility, because it offers time for coaching and helps minimize down on additional time.

Falco’s nostril has already sniffed out greater than $20,000 price of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in his first seven months, resulting in quite a few arrests. A few of these have been for the State Patrol, as they’ve been known as in if one of many 4 sheriff’s workplace canine weren’t out there.

One of many issues he’s proudest of is that in a latest drug interdiction, throughout which officers from a number of departments mix to make quite a few visitors stops over a brief time period, is that Falco had as many “damaging alerts” – which means he didn’t discover medicine – as constructive ones.

That reveals the coaching is working.

“Once you run them on a automotive with no odor, you possibly can see they get form of pissed off,” he stated. “They may ramp up (their effort)… sniffing each orifice to search out one thing. It’s unimaginable.”

After they go away the car, Falco nonetheless will get rewarded, so he doesn’t affiliate it with discovering medicine.

“He nonetheless will get paid to do work,” Shearer defined.

Even when Falco and Shearer are off the clock, there’s loads or work to be finished. He recurrently trains Falco with substances that mimic the odor of unlawful medicine, then hides them in his dwelling or private automotive.

And there’s train, together with relays and operating.

“It takes lots to get him wore out,” he stated.

In some methods, Falco is a traditional home canine, although he’s lots much less spoiled than the canine Shearer’s household had whereas he was rising.

“He does need to work for the whole lot,” Shearer stated. “To him the whole lot is a recreation … work to him is a recreation. I make him work for lots of stuff, and that teaches the canine to like to work, and it teaches them self-discipline.”

Shearer was nominated for the state award by VFW Submit 3071 attributable to Rehberg’s suggestion.

Shearer was “very nicely deserving” of the glory, Rehberg stated.

“He put loads of time – loads of free time in – to get this Ok-9 program up and about,” he stated.

Oconto Police officer Brad Shearer received the Wisconsin VFW Officer of the Year Award at a ceremony in Milwaukee on June 8. From left are Wisconsin VFW Auxiliary State President Inez Semingson; Wisconsin VFW State Commander Cory Geisler; Shearer;  and VFW State CAMO Chair Jason Janecek.

Jason Janacek, who chairs the state VFW committee that handles the award, stated Shearer was described in his nomination as going past the job and displaying selflessness and devotion to the neighborhood.

Janacek stated the VFW Neighborhood Exercise Mobilization Goal, which oversees the group’s neighborhood security and youth packages, seems for meritorious companies among the many nominees, who aren’t required to be veterans.

“We really feel it’s an obligation to additionally acknowledge our dwelling entrance heroes too,” Janacek stated.

The opposite recipients of the award, offered in Milwaukee on June 8, had been: Capt. Jim Hillcoat, La Crosse Fireplace Division, Firefighter of the 12 months; Paramedic Rachael Mueller of Clintonville Space Ambulance Service, EMT of the 12 months; and Officer Josh Novak of the Bayfield Police Division, VFW Valor/Lifesaving Award.

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Contact Kent Tempus at (920) 431-8226 or ktempus@gannett.com. 



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