LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Dogs are often companions and many of them are also workers doing service for us. Some of them are our protectors. Thursday, the Lee's Summit Police Department welcomed a new member to the K-9 team.
First day on the job and Enzo already made a bust. He and his handler Scott McMilian was called out to investigate a car.
“He did good, did good. There was a very small quantity of marijuana in the car, but he was able to find it and help us locate it,” said McMilian.
K-9's are an integral part of the team at the Lee’s Summit Police Department.
“They do article searches, building searches, drug searches, human tracking, and handler protection as well,” said Beth Glover with Lee’s Summit police.
Enzo was born in Holland and trained in the United States. That’s why you hear McMilian speak German to his bilingual dog.
Enzo replaces Jax, a well-loved K-9 officer, who died of cancer in January. When the news of his passing spread, McMilian was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
“Having my other dog pass away wasn’t really a good experience, but it was one of those things where I got to see all of the cards that people sent me,” said McMilian.
The community went a step further and started raising funds for a replacement. Enzo is $12,000 investment.
“I was surprised at how quickly the community raised the money for Enzo,” he said.
Enzo might be the youngest officer in town coming in at two years old, but that’s plenty of experience in dog years.