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Introducing MPD’s newest Bomb Squad members: K9 officers Murdock and Zender

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Milwaukee Police Department added two new recruits to their team Thursday, April 30th. Like many on the force, they're tough and they're smart, but their biggest advantage is not like any other -- it's their sense of smell.

At the Police Academy Training Center, two of the newest K9 team members were hard at work -- taking part in training Thursday.

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K9 officers Zender and Murdock are trained to sniff out bombs or explosives.

Murdock was donated to MPD while Zender comes to Milwaukee by way of the military.

"They didn't spare much cost in training him, you can tell by the way he freezes," said Craig Leffler, K9 handler.

Both dogs indicate a presence of odor by sitting or freezing until their handler rewards them.

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"Drug dogs, they actually indicate aggressively. They scratch, and you don't want an explosive dog to do that. You want them to sit, be passive, or just freeze and lock," said Joe Warren, K9 handler.

With risks everywhere in the world, these bomb sniffing dogs and explosives detection canine teams are an unfortunate necessity.

"This helps us protect the citizens of Milwaukee," said Steve Caballero, K9 handler.

Both Zender and Murdock have gone through extensive training and have spent months with their handlers. On Thursday, April 30th, they officially become members of the team.

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The Bomb Squad commander says Milwaukee needed explosive detecting K9s because of the city's major festivals including Summerfest -- and to help protect Milwaukee's international port. These K9s will also be involved in presidential visits to Milwaukee and they'll be used during sporting events both at Miller Park and the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

If you'd like to help all of the MPD K9's, there is a K9 blood drive on Saturday, May 9th, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the MPD's Neighborhood Task Force building, 4715 W. Vliet Street. Visit mpdk9foundation.org for more information.

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  • Mr. Bob

    The Bomb Squad commander says Milwaukee needed explosive detecting K9s because of the city’s major festivals including Summerfest — and to help protect Milwaukee’s international port. These K9s will also be involved in presidential visits to Milwaukee and they’ll be used during sporting events both at Miller Park and the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
    Sorry spineless, jellyfish, cowardly weasel flynn you missed the boat on this one too. You should have gotten more drug sniffing dogs that your officers could take for regular walks in the most violent neighborhoods where of course the drug activity is occurring. The handlers should let these dogs go wild on any thug who attempts to flee or resist arrest. That way no officer would have to fear losing his job when you throw him under the bus like you did with Officer Manney because the dogs would be inflicting the harm on the criminals…

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