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Brentwood Police to Welcome New K-9 Team
The Brentwood Police Department will be adding a new K-9 officer, Pax, later this week. At the Monday, October 28, regular City Commission meeting, commissioners approved the purchase of the new K-9. Officer Trey Frasch was selected earlier this year as the K-9 handler and has been busy preparing for his new role. Officer Frasch and Pax will begin training as a team on November 11th. Officer Frasch said, “I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to being a part of the first dual purpose K-9 team in the history of Brentwood”.
Pax is a Belgium Malinois, born in Amsterdam, and is 18 months old. Brentwood Police will use drug fund proceeds to purchase the animal from Canine Command in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $13,500 total cost includes training and a one-year warranty.
For the first time in history and partially due to the changing needs of a growing community, Brentwood is obtaining a dual-purpose K-9, which can be used for both narcotic detection and tracking. “As we try to anticipate the community needs, staff felt there would be more need for tracking capabilities in the future,” said Assistant Chief Tommy Walsh.
The current BPD K-9, Lexie, has been in service since August 2010 and is nearing retirement age. Brentwood’s K-9 program started in the late 1990s. Since that time, there have been four K-9 officers and handlers. Officer Steve Holder, who has worked with Lexie for the past nine years, will return to patrol duties once Lexie retires. A retirement ceremony for Lexie will be planned for a later date.