EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — The Eau Claire Police Department introduced its new K9.
Manso is originally from France. He’s a one and a half-year-old Belgian Malinois.
Manso and his handler, Officer Austin Summers, will head to a six week training course in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the fall.
The Eau Claire Police Department said its K9 program is an important and valuable tool in battling the drug epidemic in the Chippewa Valley.
The K9 will also be used for tracking, keeping officers safe, and opening up a gateway to connect with the community.
“They are a large part of community interaction and involvement. Having that tool to introduce them to police officers in the community and have that interaction, let alone get to educate about the K9 program is a wonderful addition to our community,” said Officer Bridget Coit.
“He was actually raised in an all female French Schoolhouse over in France so he’s a very sociable dog, so he’ll get along great with our community,” said Officer Summers.
If all goes well with training and certification, Manso and Officer Summers would be in full operation by mid November.