INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The newest member of IMPD’s K-9 unit has finished training, and is starting to hit the streets.
K-9 Officer Bradway is the latest German Shepherd to join the police force. She’s named after fallen officer Rod Bradway, who was killed last September responding to a domestic situation on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Officer Bradway was very active in German Shepherd rescues before his death.
“We now have a German Shepherd in his honor, for his wife, his kids, his family…to know the good work that he did not only at home but for the city of Indianapolis,” said Sergeant Steve Randall with IMPD.
Bradway the dog is now one of eight explosive detecting dogs at IMPD. She’ll be at major events in downtown Indianapolis, on the look out for bombs or other explosives.
Right now, IMPD is gradually phasing her into the line of duty. She’s working with another dog right now, and will eventually work on her own. It’s a rare accomplishment for a dog less than a year old. Most dogs are 2-3 years old when they join the K9 unit.
K-9 officer Bradway was a gift to the department, from WIBC listeners in honor of the her namesake. In the past few years, the department has struggled to come up with the funding to add more dogs to the unit.
“It’s been difficult or challenging for us to be able to come up with the money to purchase dogs over the past few years, said Sargent Craig Patton.
IMPD has received several free dogs that were trained in the military,but are no longer are in the service. Still, the cost of equipping the more than 40 dogs in the K9 unit can be costly.
“The equipment, the leashes, toys, collars, their vests…all those things that we have obviously cost money, and they cost a lot of money,” said Patton.
Patton and Randall said that Bradway is learning quickly.
“She’s a little young, she’s a little hyper, she’s a little wound up, but she’s young. We like the playfulness in her, and we’ll keep training her and we’ll have a good time. She does a great job so far…doing what we’ve asked her to do,” said Randall.
“I think this dog is a lot more special because of the meaning of the dog,” said Patton.