Texas A&M University (UPD) Police Department Welcomes New K-9 to Force. âEchoâ – a one-and-a-half-year-old Dutch Shepherd – was born in Poland and in August joined his partner, Officer Clay Crenshaw, in Aggieland.
Officer and K-9 training took place between July and August 2021. Crenshaw and Echo attended Pacesetter K-9 Academy in Liberty Hill, Texas, where they completed a 120-hour detection course. Echo was certified as an explosives detection and tracking dog as part of the Pacesetter Explosives Detection and Tracking Certification Course.
Echo was donated to the department by K9s4COPs, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides trained K-9 partners to law enforcement, fire departments, and schools around the world.
Typically, the cost of each K-9 ranges from $ 15,000 to $ 45,000 for the more specialized, and often these are the first essential weapons to fall in ministerial budget cuts, UPD officials said. . In 2011, Texas philanthropist Kristi Schiller founded K9s4COPs to fund the donation of trained K-9s and continuing training for officers to public safety agencies. K9s4COPs has placed 247 K-9s in the United States and Paris, France. Dogs trained and placed by K9s4COP have removed more than $ 1 billion in contraband from the streets and helped protect more than 2 million students each school year, UPD officials said.
The K-9 will be in daily use on the Texas A&M campus and in the local community. Echo will provide support at sporting and special events and to law enforcement agencies in the region.