Ottawa Co. deputy, new K-9 start training program

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has added a new K-9 officer.

The department announced this week that Deputy Travis Schippers has started a training program with Ghost, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Capt. Jake Sparks told the Grand Haven Tribune that the two are now in training following K-9 officer Blitz’s retirement.

“(Ghost) will specialize in tracking, apprehension, protection of its handler, article searches, building searches and narcotics detention,” Sparks said.

In a social media post, the office said Ghost has “a nose for justice and a heart of gold.”

“This dynamic duo will be set to hit the streets after they complete their rigorous K-9 handler training,” the post stated.

According to the Grand Haven Tribune, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has four trained K-9 officers who respond to calls across the county.

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