New police K9 unit provides immediate dividends

Dog assisted with 1st capture after only 4 shifts on the job
By Dan Aznoff | Jan 30, 2018
Courtesy of: City of Mill Creek Mill Creek’s newest four-legged police officer and his handler were introduced to the community on Thursday night in the city council chambers.  Officer Nathan Lerma and Bagira will spend six months working together in the community before the K-9 begins an intense six-week training course on drug detection. The one-year-old German Shepard is the city’s second canine officer.  If all goes well, the dog and his trainer will begin duty in Mill Creek in 2019.

Lynnwood Police requested the assistance of the Mill Creek Canine Unit in the 4100 block of 196th Street SW late on Saturday evening, Jan. 27. Officers were searching for a 22-year-old Lynnwood man wanted by the Department of Corrections for escape from community custody as well as for a misdemeanor warrant for violation of a domestic violence protection order.

The subject had fled on foot when contacted by officers from Lynnwood.

Officer Nathan Lerma and Police Service Dog Bagira assisted Lynnwood Police in the search for the suspect.

Bagira led officers to a location nearby where the suspect was found hiding. The suspect continued to attempt to flee, but was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

Officers from Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds police departments and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office worked together on the incident.

The one-year-old German shepherd completed 10 grueling weeks in training for search, agility, obedience, and basic police canine training in eastern Washington before he was brought to his new forever home in Mill Creek.

Officer Lerma and Bagira will spend six months sharpening their skills in the field before the dog leaves for an intense six-week course on drug detection.

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