Millersville Police Department receives new K9 - WKRN News 2

Millersville Police Department receives new K9

Posted: Updated: Nov 6, 2012 2:45 PM CST
Pito was imported from Holland. Pito was imported from Holland.
MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. -

The small police department of Millersville now has its own K9 thanks to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

On October 11, during the Titans-Steelers game in Nashville, it was announced that Big Ben's foundation awarded a grant to the Millersville Police Department to fund the department's first ever drug dog.

The dog, Pito, is a two-year-old German shepherd imported from Holland.

Nashville K-9 will work with Millersville police over the next three months to train Pito and certify him as a police dog.

George Hurst is Pito's new police partner.

He told Nashville's News 2, "It will be a new experience for me.  It is something I have always wanted to do.  I love dogs and now I get a partner, hopefully we can utilize him as a great tool, an asset for the city and the department."

Nashville K-9 has been instrumental in the acquisition and training of Pito, a K-9 it values at around $8,000.

His training would've cost the department $25,000 if it weren't for Roethlisberger's grant.

Pito still has some narcotics training to do but he should be on the street full time in about 10 weeks.

Pito is originally from Slovakia but was purchased in Holland.  He will be given commands in German.

Chief Ronnie Williams says Pito will be a huge asset in fighting alleged drug operations like the one discovered in September in the shadows of Millersville Elementary School not too far from the city's police department.

Two men, Frederick Zimmerlee and Frederick Dietz, were arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Nashville K-9 has also trained dogs for the Davidson County Rescue Squad, Overton County Rescue Squad and Livingston Police Department.

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