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MENTOR WELCOMES NEW K-9
October, 09 2007

Thanks to donations from the community, the Mentor Police Department is welcoming a new member to its force.

The department has acquired a new K-9 officer - a 2-year-old black German shepherd named Niko, whose handler is Patrolman Joseph Primiano.

Members of the community came together to raise money for a new police dog after K-9 Bronco, whose handler was Rich Gerber, was hit by a car and killed in November 2006.

The department's other K-9 is Deuce, a black and tan German shepherd handled by Officer Ron Gunton. Police Chief Daniel Llewellyn said $8,965 was raised by the community, an amount that covered the cost of purchasing Niko as well as some of his equipment.

"We really appreciate all those donations that came in," Llewellyn said. "It was very generous. Mentor has the longest-standing K-9 program in Lake County and we are thrilled to welcome Niko." Niko is the department's 11th K-9 officer, Primiano said.

"The officers that trained me picked him," he said. "They took his personality and mine and tried to match up the dog with me." After being paired with Primiano, Niko spent a month getting to know the officer and his family, which includes wife Katie, 3-year-old son Joey and newborn Johnathan.

"We had a month to get acclimated before we started training," Primiano said. "He came to live with us and he gets along great with the two small kids."

Training took 16 weeks, with Primiano and Niko often spending eight to 10 hours a day in a classroom and working on "homework" in the evenings.

Niko is now trained in several areas, including narcotics. "Basically, if it's on the street, he can find it," Primiano said. "He is also trained in apprehension, building and area search, article search, tracking and aggression."

Credit : By: Jenny May | JMay@news-herald.com


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