Ricky and his handler Officer Alex Janszen, Montgomery’s K9 team, have had quite a busy first year on the streets together. Ricky, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, became Montgomery’s first-ever K9 officer in January of 2019 and has been a welcome addition to the police department and the community. Thanks to generous donations from the Matt Haverkamp Foundation, and our community partnership with TriHealth, we were able to welcome Ricky to Montgomery.
This K9 team has remarkably recovered and seized 12 illegally carried firearms from vehicles driving on Montgomery streets and made 25 drug-related arrests from vehicle searches. They assisted with a local DEA operation and successfully hit on what turned out to be more than 100 THC Vape Pods with a street value of over $5000. Ricky and Officer Janszen helped a neighboring agency track two suspects wanted for a home invasion burglary where gunshots had been fired. Both suspects were located and taken into custody without incident. The K9 team also helped to track and find a missing juvenile from another nearby agency. Once again, Ricky was up to the challenge and safely located the juvenile.
In addition to Officer Janszen and Ricky’s duties in Montgomery, they are available to other agencies through what is called a mutual aid agreement. All agencies within Hamilton County participate in this program that helps share resources when needed for the overall benefit of Hamilton County residents. We received 22 mutual aid callouts for our K9 team on a wide variety of searches over the past year.
Ricky and Officer Janszen have a steady and rigorous training schedule. This training starts with a structured eight-hour training session every other week, followed by at least one training exercise per work shift. This training includes tracking, building searches, drug searches, article searches, and obedience training. Ricky has also helped with multiple school drug sweeps. Ricky and Officer Janszen even led the 2019 Independence Day Parade and were participants in the 2020 Independence Day “Reverse” Parade.
Our K9 team has even been active in the community by showing off their skills to various groups, including the Montgomery (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce and local youth groups.