New K9 Policy Sparks Protest From Some Martinsburg Residents
A new policy that'll assign police dogs to another handler has sparked protest from some Martinsburg residents.
The Journal reports Martinsburg police said in a statement Saturday that supervisors will no longer be assigned as canine handlers.
Police Chief Maury Richards says a review found that supervisors couldn't perform both tasks effectively.
The policy goes into effect May 1.
The canine handler position will be offered to patrolmen, who'll complete a two-week training with the dog before beginning their assignments around mid-May.
Resident Melonie Phelps was joined by others as she led a rally Monday for her husband, police Sgt. Craig Phelps, to keep Argos, the department's canine drug dog.
She says she's devastated knowing Argos, who she considers a part of her family, will be with another handler.