Jefferson City police welcome new canine officer
JEFFERSON CITY - A new officer is on the force in Jefferson City, a German shepherd named Chopper.
Chopper will work with his handler, Officer Jeremy Bowman, on the Community Action Team. The duo will work alongside Officer Paul Gash and K-9 Buzz.
Chopper and Bowman finished a 9-week certification course. Chopper is trained to detect drugs and assist in arrests.
In a news release, Cpt. Doug Shoemaker said, "We are very excited to add Chopper and Officer Bowman, a 5-year Jefferson City Police veteran, as part of our continued effort to reduce narcotics trafficking in our community."
Chopper is originally from Slovakia and reached Jefferson City through a K-9 training facility in Cape Girardeau.