BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Police Department gained their new 18-month-old Dutch Shepherd named Erros, to work alongside Sergeant William Courtney. The duo completed their training at the end of September at Shadow Creek Kennel in Pennsylvania for six weeks and started work on November 9.
“I’m very excited about this. It’s been something I’ve worked hard for many years to get. So far, he’s been doing awesome,” Sergeant Courtney said.
Erros is trained on tracking, building, area and article searches, apprehension and drug detection for methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
Sgt Courtney is overjoyed with his new partner. Courtney has been working with the Buckhannon Police Department for 13 years and had wanted a K-9 since shortly after joining the department back in 2007. He recalled the last time BPD had a police dog, Tess, who worked alongside Patrolman Loralie Hissam in 2009, but left shortly after. Sgt Courtney remained persistent with his request. He presented the information to Chief Matt Gregory and met with City Council members to decide how beneficial a dog would be for the community.
“His primary goal is to find drugs. Any time you can get drugs off the street, it’s going to benefit your community,” Sgt Courtney said.
Buckhannon Mayor Robbie Skinner was also excited about the police dog. “Erros will prove to be a great addition to our City Police Department. He and Sergeant Courtney have clearly bonded well, and Will has the perfect temperament to be his trainer and guardian. I’m proud of our department for spearheading the initiative to add Erros to our team,” Skinner said.
Erros was born in Holland and most of the commands used are in Dutch, with some in English. Erros is a friendly and social dog, but Sergeant Courtney asks members of the community to ask to pet him first, in case they are on duty.