By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Officer Scott Keniston’s new partner was introduced to members of the Keizer City Council on Monday evening.
The new partner was so short, councilors had to stand in order to see him.
Did we mention Bruno is the Keizer Police Department’s newest K-9?
Bruno is now on patrol with Keniston following his six-week training, which was highlighted in a recent issue of the Keizertimes. Bruno takes the place of Keniston’s former K-9 partner, the now-retired Bas. Bruno was introduced to the council just a couple of weeks after another former KPD K-9, Axel, passed away.
Police Chief John Teague introduced Keniston and Bruno on Monday.
“More importantly, I want to recognize our donors. A number of people have donated to the City of Keizer for the purchase of Bruno and some of the outfitting of the dog,” Teague said.
In particular, Teague thanked Louis Nordyke, the Keizer Volunteer Firefighters Association, plus a donor who wished to remain anonymous.
“I want to point out one of the great things is the Keizer Volunteer Firefighters Association decided to support the city in this notion,” Teague said. “They made a substantial contribution towards this dog. We are heartwarmed by the notion, so thanks a lot.”
Teague also took a moment to thank 11-year-old Enya Wallace, who saved her money to buy a custom harness for Bruno.
“She got a special harness for Bruno,” Teague said of Wallace. “They all have harnesses, but not custom-made ones like that.”
Teague noted Bruno is a 21-month-old German Shepherd, born in Slovakia. The dog cost $9,600 while added equipment and training brought the overall cost to $13,000.
“Bruno’s purchase was made possible through private donations, both large and small,” Teague noted.
According to Teague, the KPD’s two K-9s were deployed 292 times in 2013. So far this year the other KPD K-9, Buster, has been responsible for 23 arrests.
“Almost all of these incidents were resolved with less risk – or, for that matter, were resolved at all – only because of the availability of a police canine team,” Teague said.
Keniston noted Bruno is so named for a reason: to avoid confusing the dog.
“It’s the name he had over in Europe,” he said.