The Ann Arbor Police K-9 Officers
|Officer Robinson and K-9 Czar have been working together since 2002 when they attended the Michigan State Police K-9 Academy. Officer Robinson has been with the Ann Arbor Police Department since 1999 and was a military K-9 handler and police officer prior to that.
K-9 Czar was born in August 2001 and started his training in September 2002. K-9 Czar is explosive detector trained as well as tracking and other types of searches.
K-9 Czar's name is short for "Pfizer", his official name. The Pfizer Corporation has a major presence in Ann Arbor and donated the full cost of bringing Czar into the Ann Arbor Police Department, including his purchase, training and the specialized vehicle he rides in.
||Officer Maguire and K-9 Lenny have been working together since October 2005 when they attended the Allen County K9 Academy in Indiana. Officer Maguire was born and raised in Ann Arbor and has been serving on the Ann Arbor Police Department since 2000.|
K-9 Lenny was born in October 2003 and started his training in October 2005. K-9 Lenny is drug detector trained as well as tracking and other types of searches.
K-9 Lenny is named after Officer Leonard Alber, an Ann Arbor Police Officer who died in the line of duty on May 31st, 1956.
||Officer Harding and K-9 K.P. have been working together since 1999. Officer Harding has been with the Ann Arbor Police Department since 1987 and was a Flint police officer prior to that.
K-9 K.P. was born in Czech Republic. K-9 K.P. is trained in tracking, drug detection, building area and article search, and apprehension. K-9 K.P. is named after the Ann Arbor Police Department's patrolman Kenneth Payne, who was killed in the line of duty in 1946.
|K-9 Homer was the first police department canine in Ann Arbor's history. He came to the department from the Los Angeles metro area in June of 1993 as a 1 1/2 year old easy-going black Labrador. After several weeks of training, K-9 Homer began his career working the streets of Ann Arbor with his handler, Officer Craig Flocken (quickly becoming a favorite of the public.)
From July 1993 until September 1998, K-9 Homer assisted the Ann Arbor Police Department and surrounding agencies in the tracking of criminal suspects and the detection of narcotics. Along with those core skills, K-9 Homer was used to locate lost children, check buildings for suspects and search areas for persons or property.
||Over the 5 years of service, K-9 Homer was credited with numerous arrests and narcotic finds. He was an instrumental investigative tool in many cases the police were called upon to solve. When Officer Flocken was promoted, Homer was officially retired and lived the remainder of his days with the Flocken family. K-9 Homer loved his job and will always be remembered fondly by those whom he served faithfully. |
|Officer Brayton has been with the Ann Arbor Police Department since 1980. He has been a K-9 handler since June 1993. K-9 Cliff has worked with Officer Brayton since November 1994. K-9 Cliff was assigned to recover victims at the World Trade Center. K-9 Cliff is trained in tracking, drug detection, human and cadaver searches.
K-9 Cliff is a Labrador retriever born on August 7 1993, donated by the New York State Police. Officer Brayton and K-9 Cliff attended the New York State Police K-9 Academy, where they return every year to re-certify. K-9 Cliff is named after the Ann Arbor Police Department's Officer Clifford Stang, who was killed in the line of duty in 1935.