MPD WELCOMES NEWEST MEMBER TO K9 UNIT
News Release Medford Police
The Medford Police Department is pleased to introduce K-9 Bruno as the newest police service dog to join the department’s K9 team.
18-month-old Belgian Malinois, Bruno, is trained in tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, as well as building and area searches.
Bruno started training with his handler, MPD Officer Zach Mailand in September 2022 for six weeks at a police canine academy before graduating and becoming certified through the Oregon Police Canine Association. He now works in the field and continues to train weekly with Officer Mailand.
“We’re excited to add Bruno to our team,” said Lieutenant Rebecca Pietila. “He will be a great asset in helping promote safety throughout our community.”
Police K9’s serve a variety of functions that help to protect the public, and our officers, from dangerous individuals and situations.
MPD’s K9 program was formed in May 1992. There are currently four K9’s in the program — two specializing in apprehension and two specializing in drug detection. All MPD K9 Officers are members of the Oregon Police Canine Association and undergo a certification process annually.