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Drug dog is making a big difference in St. John

Fran Brownell
St. John News
St. John K-9 Officer Glenn has made a notable difference in stopping and detering rural crime in Stafford County, in just 7 months on the job.

Just seven months on the job and the statistics for criminal activity stopped by St. John’s K-9 Officer Glenn, a Belgian Malinois dog certified in narcotics, suspect apprehension, tracking, evidence recovery and patrol work, are worth noting.

In the small, rural town of St. John, Glenn, assisted by his handler Police Chief Allen Adams and fellow St. John officers, conducted another car stop in August, bringing the SJPD’s total number of 2020 narcotics cases to 11, which includes three distribution cases.

“Glenn’s made a real difference in the seven months since he joined the force,” Chief Adams said. “He’s good little partner to have.”

Glenn alerts to marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin and other THC derivatives.

Chief Adams said K9 Glenn assisted him and Officers Tori Perez and Dustin Melton in the vehicle stops in which marijuana, wax, cocaine, illegal prescription medications, paraphernalia, a vehicle and a gun were seized.

“Three of the arrests were for distribution and the rest were for personal amounts under 25 grams,” Chief Adams said, adding that the arrests involved local city or county residents.

Chief Adams said he feels that public awareness knowing city police have a drug dog on staff has been a deterrent to drug activity.

“Just Glenn’s presence has helped out tremendously in deterring and hampering drug activities,” Chief Adams said.

Additionally, Officer Glenn has assisted other agencies in Stafford County and in neighboring counties.

Chief Adams also credited Officer Glenn with being instrumental in tackling property crimes in St. John, stating that the crime rate for these offenses has dropped by 87 per cent in the last year.

“Along with K9 Glenn, the St. John Police Department is committed to continuing to identify and prosecute individuals involved in narcotics in the city,” Chief Adams posted. “It is the St. John Police Department’s duty and privilege to protect the citizen and their property in this city.”

Glenn is the first K-9 officer to serve with the St. John Police Department. When on duty he wears his police badge on a body harness.