Thursday, October 09, 2008
New Canine Handlers Selected for Bryan PD
On October 1, 2008, the Bryan City Council approved funding for the revitalization of the Police Canine program in the Bryan Police Department budget. The extensive and rigorous selection process included a physical agility test and an oral interview board. Four highly qualified applicants applied for the new canine handler position. Officers Chad Hanks and James “Al” Hauke were ultimately selected for the two available handler positions.
Officer Hanks is an 8 year veteran of the Bryan Police Department. He began his law enforcement career in 2000. During his time at the Department, he has served 5 years as an investigator with the Brazos Valley Narcotics Task Force and with the Bryan Police Department Drug Enforcement Team. Officer Hanks has also served 3 years as a Patrol Officer.
Officer James “Al” Hauke, a 12 year veteran with the Bryan Police Department, began his Law Enforcement career in 1996. He has served the community in various units through out the department. Officer Hauke has worked on patrol and on the bicycle team. He has previously been the officer assigned to the downtown district and is currently a member of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team.
Over the next couple of weeks the two new handlers and Sgt. Dean Swartzlander will travel to Virginia where they will choose two new Belgian Malinois dogs for the program. The canines will be specifically matched to the new handlers. Upon return to the Bryan Police Department, the two new teams will complete an intensive 10 week course instructed by Sgt Swartzlander. The course will teach the new canine teams basic patrol dog techniques including criminal apprehension, tracking, building search, evidence recovery and narcotics detection.
Police Department Contact
Jason James/Public Information Officer
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