Ponca City Police Officer Ben Garrison has a new k-9 partner Blitz
Ponca City Now - July 24, 2014 9:31 am
The team has been on the streets working since mid-May when they became certified as a narcotics detection team.
Blitz is a Belgian Malinois, but somewhat different that PCPD’s detection dogs in the past. Blitz is specifically a Groenendael variant, meaning his coat is all black and is a bit longer than most Malinois. Blitz is from Belgium and nearly two years old. Blitz was selected from a group of 36 dogs at the Von Liche Kennels in Indiana, just two days after he stepped into the United States.
According to Garrison, since he and Blitz have been working together they have contributed to several felony drug arrests including: possession of controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia and a case on endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine. Blitz has assisted in the procurement of many search warrants and also been a part of the serving of those warrants. Garrison credits Blitz with the recovery of evidence that may have otherwise been lost.
Blitz is also trained to assist in the search of buildings which reduces risk to the Officers. He has assisted in the arrests of suspects who have felony warrants that have been known to flee.
Blitz has secured his place as an active member, alongside Garrison, of the Ponca City Tactical Team. The pair is utilized by both the Special Projects and the Patrol units.
Garrison describes his new partner, Blitz, as having excelled through training in obedience and drug detection. Blitz is high in hunt and prey drive which will benefit the pair as they work together as partners.