ROCKFORD, Mich.-- A dozen new German shepherds are now working to keep Michigan communities safe.
The dogs graduated from the Michigan State Police 2013 Basic Canine School last week. Four of the teams will replace police dogs that have retired; the remaining eight teams are in addition to current force numbers. The MSP Rockford Post will be getting Shep and his handler, Trooper Michael Bush.
This graduating class brings the total number of MSP canine teams to 49—a historic high for the department. Each police dog is trained in tracking suspects, detecting drugs and explosives, searching buildings, areas and property, as well as obedience. The 14-week program also includes more than 100 hours of instruction for handlers.