Going to the dogs

Police showcase K9 skill set during school visits

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 30, 2013
Courtesy of: Waldo County Sheriff's Office Detective Merl Reed (at right) addresses students at Mount View Elementary School in Thorndike about what it's like to work with his K9 partner, Neva, during their visit to the school Friday, June 12.

Waldo County — Students at two local elementary schools learned how officers with the Waldo County Sheriff's Department rely on the talents of a four-legged co-worker who has a nose for crime.

Monday, June 17, Detective Merl Reed, his K9 Neva and Deputy Jordan Tozier visited with students at the Gladys Weymouth School in Morrill, during which the officers demonstrated how Neva helps the officers do their jobs.

Friday, June 12, Reed and Neva, along with Mount View High School Resource Officer Nicholas Oettinger, offered a similar presentation at the Mount View Elementary School in Thorndike

During the demonstrations, students were also invited to check out a police cruiser and ask questions about what it is like to work in law enforcement.

At the Mount View school, 120 students in grades K-5 participated in the event, and at the Weymouth School, Neva and her coworkers offered the presentation to about 110 grade school students.

Students at the Weymouth School in Morrill line up to view the inside of a police cruiser. (Courtesy of: Waldo County Sheriff's Office)
Weymouth School students each take a turn sitting in the back of the police car. (Courtesy of: Waldo County Sheriff's Office)
Detective Merl Reed (center) introduces his K9 Neva to the students at the Weymouth School. At left is Deputy Jordan Tozier, who assisted with the presentation. (Courtesy of: Waldo County Sheriff's Office)
Detective Merl Reed (left), Neva and Deputy Jordan Tozier conducted a portion of the law enforcement demonstration at the Morrill school outside. (Courtesy of: Waldo County Sheriff's Office)
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