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Price Realizing: Hank and Ranger are canine on responsibility

Hank, a K9 with the Dunwoody Police Division. (Courtesy of Highland Canine Coaching)

One of many stars at this yr’s Lemonade Days Competition was a Belgian Malinois named Hank. Surrounded by youngsters, he was so calm he didn’t thoughts little palms petting his head from behind – one thing I might have by no means tried with my miniature poodle.

Hank is a K9 with the Dunwoody Police Division. Whereas he by no means took his eyes off his handler, DPD Officer Eric Drum, and the yellow rubber tug toy in Drum’s hand, Hank was positively there for the folks.

Hank and his fellow DPD K9, Ranger, a Dutch shepherd, aren’t the everyday assault canine of moviedom. They’re sniffing canine, skilled to search out narcotics, path misplaced folks or suspects and seek for weapons and contraband.

Officer Christopher Irwin with K9 Ranger. (Courtesy of Stell Photographs Pictures LLC)

The coach at Highland Canine Coaching in Concord, North Carolina, mentioned Hank couldn’t have been a chew canine even when she had needed him to be.

“He’s the best-behaved canine I’ve ever skilled. He fully ignored our chew fits,” mentioned Shana Parsnow, who in 2020 had ordered him and Ranger particularly for the DPD as “single-purpose canine” from a breeder in Poland.

Their disposition and persona necessities have been “sociability with folks, neutrality with different canine and environmental stability.” In different phrases, they’d get together with folks and different canine and wouldn’t be afraid of slick flooring, highways, loud noises and issues different canine discover scary.

The canine have been socialized whereas in Poland and skilled in German to primary instructions. Whereas they have been nonetheless there, the Dunwoody PD held a contest by which voters renamed them Hank and Ranger.

After they arrived at Highland in early 2021, Hank was two years previous, and Ranger was 18 months. For 4 months, they underwent rigorous coaching, which additionally included being good with youngsters, facilitated by the workers youngsters on the farm the place the coaching facility is positioned.

Officer Eric Drum with K9 Hank on the Lemonade Days Competition. (Carol Niemi)

Their handlers, Officer Eric Drum (Hank) and Officer Chris Irwin (Ranger), every spent three weeks dwelling and coaching on the farm. The extreme coaching marked the start of a bond for every pair that will quickly transcend work.

“Hank may be very mellow. Eric liked that canine from Day One,” Parsnow mentioned. “Ranger is sort of hyper. Chris was very affected person.”

For the reason that canine joined the drive final fall, they’ve made doable arrests that will have been in any other case inconceivable.

“We have been referred to as to do a automotive sniff in Chamblee,” mentioned Irwin. “Ranger alerted, and we discovered 5 kilos of crystal methamphetamine. I’m shocked we couldn’t odor it. He pulled me so arduous he virtually pulled me off my toes.”

Hank helped with one other arrest in Chamblee when he and Officer Drum have been referred to as for mutual help for a stolen automobile with three armed-robbery suspects inside.

“They jumped out and took off working,” mentioned Drum. “Somebody’s home had recorded them on a Ring digital camera. I forged Hank, and he tracked [two of] them to a normal space, with a number of officers round us. I recast Hank and he ran straight to the third.”

Buying the K9s, lengthy on a DPD want checklist, may not have occurred had it not been for the Dunwoody Police Basis, based by Rick Holland in late 2019. After attending the Dunwoody Residents’ Police Academy, Holland was so impressed by the job the police have been doing he needed to make a monetary donation.

Discovering there was no technique to make a direct money contribution to the police, he and a gaggle of residents based the Dunwoody Police Basis, a 501c3, with three targets: present emergency monetary assist to particular person officers injured on the job, purchase particular police gear wanted however not budgeted and assist DPD outreach. Terry Nall, then a Dunwoody Metropolis Council member, helped recruit board members.

Then COVID hit, basically crippling the brand new group. When Nall got here off Metropolis Council in 2020, he joined the board and donated the rest of his unsuccessful mayoral marketing campaign account to the Basis. In 2021, he grew to become board president. Working with the Dunwoody Rotary, the DPF raised sufficient cash to pay for half the $40,000 value of the canine, their coaching and gear, with the rest lined by the DPD’s asset forfeiture account.

“It was our largest venture to this point,” mentioned Nall, who hopes to broaden the board and develop membership.

For info on the Dunwoody Police Basis, go to To fulfill Hank and Ranger, come to the Basis sales space on the celebration in Dunwoody Village on the finish of the 4th of July parade, the place they are going to be greeting followers and giving out souvenirs.

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