Athena will soon be ready to bring down the bad guys.
The 2-year-old Dutch herder is the latest addition to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service K-9 unit. She arrived April 27 and is undergoing familiarization and training with her local handler. Police expect her to be on the job within two to three weeks.
She is trained to pursue, track and apprehend suspects, and to locate property that has recently been dropped or stolen, for example, if a suspect has attempted to dispose of an item while being pursued. Police plan to further train her to find drugs, firearms and cash in buildings and vehicles.
Athena is one of three new dogs that will be joining the K-9 unit over the next few weeks, with the other two dogs expected to arrive by early June.
“We are very excited about this new addition,” acting superintendent Brad Ebanks said in a news release. “The K-9 unit has proven to be a valuable resource for the RCIPS, and increasing the size of the unit means that we can conduct more proactive patrols and participate more readily in operations where K-9 assistance may be needed.”