PERU – Friday morning, eleven troopers and their K-9 partners hit the road after a graduation ceremony held at the Indiana State Police Indianapolis Post. With the addition of these graduating teams, it will increase the number of Indiana State Police patrol dogs to 36. The Indiana State Police also has six explosive detecting police dogs.
The graduating class underwent 12 weeks of intense training that certified the multidimensional K-9s in obedience, evidence search, area search, building search, tracking, aggression control, and the detection of several different controlled substances.
Two troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post graduated with their police dogs. Indiana State Trooper Andrew Baldwin, a five-year member of the Department, graduated with his K-9 partner Mack. Mack is a one-year-old Belgian Malinois German Shepherd mix.
Trooper Doug Weaver, also a five-year veteran with the Indiana State Police, graduated with his police dog Smitty. Smitty is five-years-old and is also a Belgian Malinois German Shepherd mix
Smitty and Mack are the only police dogs currently assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post.