BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A new officer was sworn in recently by Bath Mayor Susan Webster as an official member of the Town of Bath Police Department. He even wears his own badge.
K-9 Butch, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, is a "dual-purpose K-9," said Police Chief James Minton, and he will be used for patrol work, as well as for drug searches.
Butch has been trained in tracking, building and area searches and suspect apprehension, Minton said. He is not trained in explosives, he said.
He is assigned to Cpl. Craig Pearrell, who has received K-9 handler training and lives on Pearrell's property. Pearrell said Butch can understand his hand signals from 100 yards away.