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Cottageville has new canine cop, Meet Tigger

The Cottageville Police Department is expanding by adding its first canine officer.

The new canine is a 1.5-year-old Dutch Shepherd named Tigger. The dog is trained as a canine officer, with an emphasis in drug searches.
According to Cottageville Police Chief Jeffery Cook, this is the Cottageville Police Department’s first canine. Cook says the dog will be used mostly to help in drug searches and seizures.

In the future, the dog will also be trained to assist the department’s officers with human search and rescue efforts.

“He’s a very intelligent dog and I’m very impressed with him,” said Cook.

The department used part of its already-approved budget for the current fiscal year to purchase the dog. Cook says the decision to add the new officer to the fleet is because of the town’s drug problem.

“There’s a lot of meth in Cottageville, and there’s a lot of drugs in general that comes through our town through U.S. Highway 17A,” he said. “We are doing our best to get it out of Cottageville, and this new canine is going to help us with that.

“Obviously, there are procedures in place to use the dog. But this is a tool we will have to sniff out drugs and to seize the drugs and get them off of our streets,” he said. “We are sending a strong message that if you are selling meth or trying to sell meth in our community, you are not welcome.”

The dog will be handled by new Cottageville Police Officer, Lt. Frankie Thompson. Thompson has been with the department for about six months. He decided to become the dog’s handler because of a lifelong desire to work with a canine, he said. This is his first time acting as an officer in charge of a canine cop. “We will be a team, and the canine will detect several types of narcotics,” said Thompson.

Thompson reiterated that Tigger will also soon be trained to also do search-and-rescue operations. “This will be helpful to us if we ever have a lost child or an elderly person goes missing,” said Thompson.

According to Thompson, Tigger was named by his law enforcement-trainer prior to the department’s purchase.

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