The Texas A&M Police Department welcomed their first ever K9 officers in a historic move. The dogs joined their partners Officers Eric Walker and Jonathan Blythe, in College Station early last year for training. According to the University Police Department, Jackie, a Belgian Malinois, and Tyson, a German Shepherd, are both two years old. They will both be utilized daily on the Texas A&M University campus and in the local community.
The K9 officers will provide support at sporting and special events and to law enforcement agencies in the area. Texas A&M University Police Department released the following statement:
The Texas A&M University Police Department (UPD) welcomed two K-9s to the force for the first time in the department’s history. Jackie and Tyson, both two years old, were bred in Europe for traits conducive to detection of explosives. They joined their partners in College Station early last year. Training for the officers and K-9s took place between June and December of 2016.