The Milwaukee Police Department’s newest graduates, K9 officers Agu and Bravo, have joined the force and are ready to hit the streets. In a ceremony on Monday, December 9 at the Neighborhood Task Force, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn presented the K9’s with their badges. Agu and Bravo will join their handlers, Officers Mike McGrath and Jeff Lepianka, to help fight crime in Milwaukee. Local philanthropist Stan Kass donated the funds needed for the purchase and training of Agu. Fromm Family Foods of Mequon also donated food and treats for the dogs.
With the addition of Agu and Bravo, there will now be a total of seven K9 officers working with the Neighborhood Task Force. These animals are instrumental in helping officers in the community. So far in 2013, 71 suspects have surrendered due to the sight, sound, or threat of the canine. They have also been responsible for numerous seizures, including 13 guns, over 30 pounds of marijuana, over one pound of cocaine, over 72 grams of heroin, nearly 16 grams of ecstasy, and more than $70,000 in cash.
Along with Officers McGrath and Lepianka (and Agu and Bravo), the Neighborhood Task Force’s K9 Unit consists of Officer Todd Johnson and K9 Dasty, Officer Christina Marshall and K9 Kenny, Officer Tina Roesken and K9 Emo, Officer Dereck Vernon and K9 Jagr, and Officer Shawn Burger and K9 Rocky.