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Sheriff Department introduces new K9

Sabre, a new patrol dog, will be teamed up with Kent County Sheriff Deputy Dan Alderink. Photo courtesy of the KCSD.

Sabre, a new patrol dog, will be teamed up with Kent County Sheriff Deputy Dan Alderink. Photo courtesy of the KCSD.

There is a new member of the Kent County Sheriff Department—one with four legs instead of two. K9 Sabre, a new patrol dog, was introduced to the community Wednesday.

K9 Sabre is a 2-year old German Shepard from the Netherlands. He joined the Kent County Sheriff Department in July 2014, and was purchased due to the anticipated retirement of K9 Joe in December 2014.

K9 Sabre’s handler is Deputy Dan Alderink, an 18-year veteran who has worked as a County Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer. In 2004, he was assigned as a Detective with the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team and, in March 2006, became a K9 handler specializing in narcotics with K9 Joe. In January 2014, K9 Joe transitioned from a single purpose (narcotics) to a dual purpose Patrol K9 (narcotics and tracking) and Deputy Alderink and K9 Joe were reassigned to the Road Patrol. Shortly after certifying in tracking, K9 Joe tracked a bank robber to his house, resulting in an apprehension by detectives and the suspect confessing to the robbery.

K9 Sabre and Deputy Alderink, attended a five-week tracking and narcotics K9 academy through Vigilant Canine Services Inc. held at the Kent County Sheriff’s Honor Camp. K9 Sabre will be utilized as a Patrol and Narcotics canine trained in tracking and narcotics detection.

Sabre is named in honor of a Lansing Police Department (LPD) K9 that was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, January 23, 1999. The LPD K9, named Sabre, was handled by LPD (ret.) Officer Matt Ramsey. Sabre was shot and killed while attempting to take down an armed suspect following a foot pursuit. The suspect had broken into an occupied residence while attempting to flee officers. As entry was made into the home, the suspect opened fire. Sabre immediately attacked the suspect as officers returned fire. Both K9 Sabre and the suspect were fatally wounded.

“Kent County Sheriff Department is proud to honor fallen Lansing Police Department K9 Sabre with his name selected for our new patrol dog,” said Sheriff Larry Stelma.


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