COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Police Department has introduced its newest police member, K9, "Jax."
Jax, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, began his career on Aug. 18 when he and his handler began training to become certified through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. This training has enabled Jax to accurately detect and locate a variety of illegal drugs and narcotics. Jax and his handler, Officer Nathan Dorfman, will further their training through an additional nine-week course of training.
Prior to joining the Cottonwood Police Department, Officer Dorfman served in the U.S. Air Force and worked closely with K9s for a number of years. There, he became familiar with the fundamentals of K9 training and the care needed to ensure the K9 is effective. Both he and Jax look forward to serving the citizens of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley for many years.
A Cottonwood K9, Dakota, expired last October after an alarm failed to warn of an overheated police vehicle.