DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) – The Dublin Police Department is welcoming its newest police K9 to the force.
Finn, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix has completed his training and is now working with Officer Justin Chappelear as a dual-purpose narcotics K9.
Finn is trained to follow commands in Dutch.
Officer Chappelear was selected as Finn’s handler in 2017. Chappelear is a seven-year veteran with Dublin Police who has wanted to be a dog handler from a young age.
In addition to general patrol duties, Off. Chappelear and Finn will have several roles with the Department including:
- Narcotics detection
- Building searches
- Area searches/suspect tracking
- Evidence searches
- Criminal apprehension
Since completing his training, Finn has already helped seize drugs or drug paraphernalia from 50 vehicles, according to Dublin police.