There's a changing of the guard at Lincoln Police. The department's K9 unit says goodbye to Jake and hello to Mikey.
Mikey was purchased by LPD in June 2013 from a Service Dog Vendor in New Market, Alabama.
Mikey and Officer Matt Pulec recently returned from 11 weeks of instruction at Police Service Dog Training. The training was held in Grand Island at the State Patrol Training Center.
Mikey is certified in narcotics detection and patrol, which includes building searches and tracking.
Pulec has been a Lincoln Police Officer since November 2008. This is his first canine since being selected as a handler.
Mikey is the 46th dog to serve in the Lincoln Police Department’s K9 Unit. He is one of five canines currently assigned to assist with calls throughout Lincoln.
Jake is retiring this week after serving on the force since 2006. In that time he has helped recover 92 pounds of marijuana, three pounds of meth and almost $67,000 in cash.
In 2009, during the investigation of a robbery and brutal sexual assault, Jake was called to track from the convenience store. He located a condom, dropped by the suspect as he ran from the scene. DNA evidence on the condom linked Armon Dixon to the crime. The evidence was vital to his Dixon’s subsequent conviction.
Police Service Dog Jake and his handler, Officer Urkevich, were awarded the Red Cross Animal Lifesaver Award. They tracked an injured suicidal party from his residence through yards and a storm drain. He was located under the street, in a drainage area. The man was then able to receive medical treatment that saved his life.
In 2012, Officer Urkevich and Jake were called to an armed robbery, in progress, at a local grocery store. Jake tracked the suspect through the neighborhood, where he was located hiding in a garbage can. The suspect was located with the weapon and stolen cash.