A four-legged officer recently joined the Montgomery Police Department. Officer Alex Janszen and his partner Ricky, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois born in the Netherlands, completed canine police training on January 25, 2019. Officer Janszen and Ricky recently completed intensive training at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.
Ricky, who was trained to respond to commands in Dutch, is a dual-purpose canine trained for drug detection as well as patrol duties. He can be used to assist with locating missing persons, such as people that may walk away from senior facilities or lost children. Previously, neighboring agencies would assist the police department if a canine was needed. Now Montgomery is self-sufficient and can provide mutual aid to other agencies. An existing police cruiser was converted to handle the needs of the canine officer and Officer Janszen.
This long-awaited addition to the Police Department is the culmination of several years of research, proposals, and planning and could not have happened without the generous assistance of several City partners. The purchase cost for the canine and initial training was funded through donations provided by the Haverkamp Foundation and TriHealth. The Haverkamp Foundation was formed by the family of deceased canine Officer Matt Haverkamp. This organization has generously donated funding to purchase numerous canines throughout the tristate area and continually works with local departments to provide funding and assistance. TriHealth has a long history of giving back to the community, and they have provided significant funding and support. Additionally, Dr. Mel Kattelman, DVM, has offered to donate his veterinary services.