GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Merlin is the newest addition to the K9 Patrol Unit at the Grand Junction Police Department.
The 17 month old Dutch Shepard mix traveled from Slovakia, then Utah, before making it to Grand Junction. The Police Department says Merlin was brought on to the team to help increase safety in the community. He is trained in the detection of narcotics and patrol work. Merlin is also working towards training in tracking suspects and missing persons.
The police department says Merlin is more than just a police dog, and believes he will do a phenomenal job protecting and serving.
"He's like a best friend, not only to me but the police department, to the community, to everybody he comes in contact with, so I hope that the community realizes that and really brings him in as part of the community," said Grand Junction Police Department Patrol Officer Joey Gonzalez.
When off the clock, Merlin's personality is described as being fun and goofy, but when it comes to being on the clock, Merlin is said to be just like any other officer on duty.
Merlin is the 2nd K9 officer to join the Grand Junction Police Department.
The K9 officer and his handler, Officer Gonzalez will be assigned to work together patrolling Grand Junction and other areas in Mesa County.