A new dog is in training to join the Virginia Tech Police Department. He's replacing Boris who unexpectedly retired last month.
Bax has been with the department for nearly three weeks. The 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd is working with officer Jaret Reece who also partnered with Boris, an apprehension and narcotics detection K9 that had to retire last month for health reasons.
Reece says training a new dog and helping Boris transition to his family dog took some adjusting in both parts. "At first Boris didn't understand why is this new dog going in my kennel, why is he getting in my car," Reece said. "There's been a transition for him also."
Boris, a 9 ½ year-old German shepherd joined the police department in September 2008. He partnered with officer Reece in October 2009 and was certified as both a patrol dog and as a narcotics detection K9. Boris helped with narcotic investigations and could detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Boris was also able to track people and search for them in the woods or in buildings.
Bax has another month or two of training and will then have to be certified.
Virginia Tech Police hope to add another patrol dog later this year.