WAYNESBORO, Pa. --Â Monday was only the first official day on the job for the Waynesboro Police Department's newest "officer," but he had already obtained an impressive rank.
Sarge is a Dutch shepherd who spent a month training to join the department's K-9 unit. The dog can conduct building, area and narcotics searches, and he can assist human officers in controlling aggressive individuals.
"His athletic ability is amazing. He can jump 7 feet," handler Cpl. John Shindledecker said.
The department's first trained dog, Ex, was euthanized last fall due to his pain from bone cancer. Residents and businesses contributed $12,000 to enable the police department to buy Sarge through Castle's K-9 of Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Shindledecker goes to Castle's K-9 for regular training, but his experiences this past month were unlike any before.
"This dog was totally green. It was like going there for the first time," he said, explaining that Ex was trained when he arrived at the department a decade ago.