ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)– The St. Charles police force has a new member and this one has a very special meaning for the department.
‘Phoenix’ was introduced this morning at the St. Charles police department.
The two year old German Sheppard police canine is trained in criminal apprehension, tracking and narcotics.
This dog is special for St. Charles police because it was donated by the Grant Anthony Jansen Memorial Foundation.
Grant Jansen was a St. Charles canine officer who was killed in a 2008 crash.
His widow Annette Jansen started the foundation.
She told us, ‘Being a canine handler meant everything to my husband and it`s how he got a lot of narcotics off the road. And I just wanted to kind of carryon that legacy which is part of the foundation and I wanted to give it back to the department that he had worked so many years for.’
St. Charles Interim Police Chief Lawrence Stulce added, ‘Grant was a well-respected individual in the law enforcement community and a k9 handler. So this will always be a remembrance of grant every time we see phoenix out in the street working.’
Seven officers have applied to be ‘Phoenix`s’ handler.
‘Phoenix’ is one of three canines that are now part of the St. Charles police force.
‘Phoenix should be on the street in about a month.