The Cameron Police Department has had four K-9 teams. The program began with K-9 Dude. Dude was a German Shepherd dual-purpose dog trained in handler protection. Unfortunately, Dude retired after only four years due to hip problems.
Following in Dude's footsteps was K-9 Spencer. Spencer was a black lab trained in narcotics detection. Spencer assisted in over 12 felony drug arrests and 35 misdemeanor drug arrests. After two years of service, Spencer was purchased by another police department.
The Cameron Police Department then purchased another German Shepherd, K-9 Seth. Seth was a dual-purpose dog also trained in handler protection. Sadly, Seth had to be put to sleep after he collapsed from heat exhaustion while conducting a manhunt in Caldwell County.
The Department then purchased K-9 Rex, a dual-purpose dog trained in handler protection. Rex served in the Department for almost eight years before he retired.
K-9 Shadow, a single purpose dog, was the next member of Cameron's K-9 unit. However, increasing drug activity made it clear that a dual-purpose dog was essential. Subsequently, in 2008, the Police Department acquired K-9 Sarge. Sarge was a dual-purpose animal trained in police protection, tracking, and narcotics.
After two years, K-9 Ex (Ex-Man) reported for duty with Officer West and they were the next dog/handler duo who worked together for several years until Officer West became Detective West. Subsequently, Officer Kirkendoll and K-9 Ex went through the rigorous training and certification program and they are the current K-9 team for the City of Cameron.
For more information, contact the Police Department at (816) 632-6521.