Dpd K9 unit would like to introduce K9 Bella. Bella is the second of two new partners for the Dothan Police Department and we congratulate her and her Handler on their graduation from K9 school this week. Bella is a 2 year old Maliherd from Holland. She was born on July 12th 2016. Bella has only been in the United States for 4 months and began her training in January as our next explosive detection dog. Bella is the Department’s 4th explosive dog but she is our first female Dual Purpose dog to work in Dothan. She is trained to detect and locate up to 20 explosive odors and odor combinations. Bella will also be trained to track, conduct building searches and area searches. Her favorite toys are her ball with a rope and Kong her favorite things to do are play ball, be groomed and work of course!
Alex is an 8 year old Belgian Malinois. Alex was imported from Europe and has served the city of Dothan for the past 7 years. Alex is a strong tracker and has an incredible nose for sniffing out narcotics. Alex has served on the Dothan SRT team for the past three years. His partner says he is all business at work but transitions to a spoiled family dog at home. He enjoys playing Fetch and his favorite toy is a tennis ball. Alex is always the center of attention!
Canine Dex is a 6 year old Dutch speaking German Shepherd born in Holland in November 2013. Dex is one of the youngest dogs to ever begin with Dothan Police starting at just 10 months old. Dex is one of the best trackers in the department with multiple person and evidence finds. His partner says one of their best accomplishments in tracking was locating a suspect on a mile-long track through an urban environment. Dex carries his Tasmanian type energy home and is described by his partner as a bull in a china shop having chewed many couch pillows and constantly knocking things over. Despite this his Handler says he is deeply loved by he and his family!
Canine Bobo is a 3 year old German Shepherd and Malinois mix commonly referred to as a “Malaherd”. Bobo is from Hungary and arrived in the United States in April 2017. Bobo enjoys working for his reward and does not like to give it back once he has won it! He loves playing fetch and recently won the coveted title of top narcotic dog in the 2019 Dothan Police K-9 seminar.
Xander is a 3 year old German Shepherd from Holland. All of his commands are in Dutch. His Handler says some funny facts about him are that he has a snaggletooth, he grunts while he is asleep and he is scared of turtles!
Today’s canine of the day is Sandor. Here is what his partner has to say about him, my partner Sandor is a shepherd. He was born in Holland on March 25th 2014 and began his career with Dothan in December of 2016. Sandor loves tennis balls but pops them,”Quick, fast and in a hurry”. When Sandor is at work he is all business but when he is home he is a big teddy bear that wants to lick you to death and play. Long story short, Sandor is my best friend and the most loyal partner anyone could ask for.
Today’s dog of the day is canine Paul. Here is what his partner says about him, At work Paul is a hard worker and full of energy. Paul loves his job and would spend everyday at work if he could. He loves his ball but is stubborn and doesn’t like to give it up when it’s time for bed. He has no idea how big he is and his tail is constantly knocking things over. He is a goofy gentle giant and is my best friend.
DPD K9 Unit would like to introduce K9 Bert. Bert is one of two new partners for the Dothan Police Department and we congratulate him and his Handler on their upcoming graduation from K9 School this week. Bert will celebrate his second birthday in May. He is a Malaherd from Hungary who has only been in the United States for a few months but has adjusted well! His handler says that Bert loves playing with his kong, enjoys coming to work and loves wearing his uniform, a fitted police harness. Welcome Bert!
On Friday March 22, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a firearm assault in the 600 block of E. Newton Street. Officers found the victim, Lance Bynes (40), laying on the ground with two gunshot wounds. One of the shots entered his right shoulder and the other in his left thigh. Bynes was transported by ambulance to the SouthEast Health Emergency Room with non-critical injuries. He is currently listed in stable condition.
During the investigation officers discovered that the shooter fired six or seven shots in the direction of Bynes and fled on foot in the area. One of the suspects was identified as 19 year old Michael Mantez Gibson of Dothan. Gibson was located and interviewed at the police department.
Once interviews were complete Gibson was charged with one count of Assault 1st Degree and has a $60,000.00 bond. This investigation is still ongoing and more charges could be forthcoming.
Today the Special Response Team and Bomb Team were invited to give presentations to students at Houston Academy! Students were able to learn about the special tools and tactics each team utilizes, and learn a little about the kind of person it takes to accept the responsibility of joining these specialized teams!
Thank you to the staff and students of Houston Academy for giving us the opportunity to meet you!