City police selects new K-9 team

The Belgian Malinois shepherd. (Photo via Unsplash). (NOTE: This is not the dog that city police picked for its new K-9 team).

The City of Cortland Police Department recently selected a new K-9 team, according to the chief of police.

Cortland police chief Paul Sandy said at Thursday’s Police Commission meeting that the department selected Alexander Perkins as the new K-9 officer.

“He’s a very aggressive officer, which is what you want a K-9 to be,” Sandy said of Perkins.

Out of five dogs to choose from Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, Perkins picked Max. He is a one-year Belgian malinois shepherd mix.

“They make a good pair,” Sandy said.

Perkins and Max will begin training at Shallow Creek Kennels on June 18. 

City police plan to use one of its sergeant vehicles for the new K-9 team. It will include a portable kennel, Sandy said.