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.
Officer Olson and Ezzo have conducted many demonstrations around the community and performed for schools and retirement facilities.
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 June 30th, 2017, Ezzo has retired. Ezzo was honored at the Cudahy Neighborhood Watch meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
The Cudahy Police Department added a second police service canine May 2015 when “Rex” was welcomed with his handler Officer Holly Zinnecker.
Rex is a sable black and tan German Shepherd and is a multi-purpose dog certified in narcotics detection, building searches, tracking, criminal apprehension and officer protection. Rex was born in Germany on June 21, 2013 and spent a year of his life there. Prior to his arrival in the United States, Rex achieved his BA Certification in Germany. Rex was trained in obedience, tracking, and had the ability to run 8 miles in the allocated amount time for his certification. Rex’s birth German name was Monster vom Lisdorferland, it was then changed when he was imported to the United States in February 2015. Rex obtained his new American name from Holly’s grandmother. She was given a list of names Holly was considering and she chose “Rex.”
Rex was then trained at Steinig tal Kennel in Campbellsport, WI. Rex and Holly completed their K9 Certification on May 15, 2015. Rex and Holly hit the road together on May 17, 2015 with his first call for service as a building search of Chase Bank.
K9 Rex has become a part of this community and is excited every day to put his vest and badge on to serve the City of Cudahy. Along with our patrol duties, K9 Rex and Holly are available for public demonstrations at local community functions.
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 Lt. Joseph Zblewski @email@example.com.
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Officer Zinnecker and Rex continue to work 4:00 p.m. to midnight.
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