STRUTHERS — The Struthers Police Department recently added a second team of police dogs to the patrol division.
Officer Dalton Moore and his newly acquired canine partner, Recon, have begun their patrol work as a team.
Recon is a one year old Dutch Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix born in September 2021. Recon was first trained by Alpha Pack K9 located in Springfield, Ohio.
Moore has worked full-time with the police department since August 2020. Recon and Moore recently returned to Alpha Pack K9 for additional training and became a dual-purpose team last October. They are now certified in Narcotics, Detention, Apprehension, Tracking and Searching Items.
Recon and Moore are the third K-9 team in Struthers Police Department history.
The program was started initially by former officer Jason Murzda and his partner Rebel in 2007 and they served until Rebel’s retirement. Officer Jeremy Cramer became a full time patroller for the city in May 2016 and was paired with Kalu in 2017. Kalu is a 7 year old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix born September 2015 in Hungary. Kalu traveled to the United States and was located at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania where Cramer trained to be certified as a dual purpose team.
This is the first time in Struthers history that there are two active dog teams. The two are scheduled on separate shifts and will rarely be seen working at the same time. The teams are entirely funded by donations.
Donations are accepted from everyone, private citizens, non-profit organizations and local businesses. Most recently, the Struthers Rotary Club held a fundraiser for Recon and was able to donate $4,860 to the K9 fund while St. Anthony’s Ladies Auxiliary also donated just over $1. $000.
Teams are always looking for fundraising events and other donations to keep K-9 teams properly equipped and to acquire future police dogs. The cost of buying and training a dog is between $15,000 and $20,000.