Dash and officer TJ Clark giving commands in Dutch
Criminals better take note: now you can't escape by running or hiding because Dash, the newest member of Amherst Police Department can -- with his four legs -- outrun you, or with his ultra sensitive nose will sniff you out from whatever hole you choose to hide.
The 17-month-old pure bred German Shepard came to the department via a grant from the Stanton Foundation. Officer Clark was chosen out of six APD applicants and he traveled to Pennsylvania where he chose Dash out of six available dogs.
And because he was imported from the Netherlands Dash only speaks, err, I mean, understands Dutch, which officer Clark had to learn in part. That way in the field, Dash will not respond to someone speaking English, Spanish or Chinese.
Chief Livingstone (right) has been wanting a K9 program for many years and is already talking about a second dog
They have been training together in various locations outside of Amherst since September and Chief Livingstone expects him to hit the streets in the next couple of weeks.
In time for -- dare I say it -- the March 7 Blarney Blowout.
Officer Clark rewards Dash with his toy, not food