The Cudahy Police Department established its Canine Unit on October 1st, 2008 when "Ezzo" (pronounced Et-zo) was welcomed with his handler Officer Brian Olson.
Ezzo is a black and tan German Shepherd and is a multi-purpose dog certified in narcotics detection, building searches, tracking criminal apprehension and officer protection. Ezzo was born in Germany and imported to the United States in May 2008. He was then trained at Steinig Tal Kennel in Campbellsport, WI.
Along with their regular duties, Officer Olson and Ezzo conduct demonstrations around the community to build a better relationship with citizens. They often perform for schools and retirement facilities.
Currently, the Cudahy Police Canine Unit is funded by donations from citizens and community organizations. Donations can be made to the Cudahy Police K-9 Fund and directed to Capt. Christopher Kraker at Krakerc@ci.cudahy.wi.us.
For more information about canine units, please check out the police department LINKS page.
In October, 2009 Officer Olson and "Ezzo" were awarded the K-9 Rookie Handler of the Year Award by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handler's Association (WLECHA), at a ceremony in Steven's Point.
On October 16, 2013, Officer Brad Summers was selected to be the 2nd Cudahy Police K-9 handler. On October 18, Officer Summers, Captain Kraker and Chief Poellot went to Steinig Tall Kennels, in Campbellsport, to select the new Cudahy Police K-9. We selected a male German Shepherd named Case, who was very recently imported from Germany. Case turned 2 years old on October 25, 2013. Case's natural ability, combined with his high drive and even temperament has been an outstanding fit for the duty required of a Cudahy Police K-9. Case comes from a kennel in Germany called Salztalblick, which is the same kennel from which Ezzo came. Therefore, Case's full name is Case com Salztalblick.
Just like Ezzo, Case is a "dual purpose" K-9. A dual purpose K-9 is a dog that is trained to detect illegal drug odor and is trained in patrol work. Patrol work includes tracking, building searches, area searches, handler protection and suspect apprehension.
Officer Olson and Ezzo continue to work 4:00 p.m. to midnight. Officer Summers and Case continue to work the midnight to 8:00 a.m. shift.
"Olson and Ezzo have exhibited the dedication, effort and production which exemplify the standards that WLECHA promotes," Captain Kraker said. "Ezzo has endeared himself to all members of the Cudahy Police Department, and has been embraced by the law-abiding citizens of our community."
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