Note: This was a story I wrote for the Feb. 9 issue of the Cheney Free Press. I was honored to meet Officer Ziegler and Austin.
While the Airway Heights Police Department is adding four officers to its ranks in 2017, it is also bringing on an additional member of the four-legged variety.
The department is adding another K-9 unit to its roster. In a January interview, Chief Lee Bennett explained the department has two patrol teams, with each one working four, 10-hour shifts. Officer Mike Ziegler and his canine partner, Austin, make up Airway Heights’ current K9 unit. Although Ziegler conducts regular patrols like any officer, he will sometimes have to come in on his days off and bring in Austin when they need him.
“The benefit is we’ll have a K-9 unit every single day and that will cut down on my calls from home,” Ziegler said.
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