City of Saginaw, Michigan

The Saginaw Police Department will welcome its newest K-9 member, a Belgian Malinois named Krixus. Saginaw City Council approved the purchase at the Monday, July 11 meeting. 

Krixus, a 2-year-old male Belgian Malinois, has begun his training program and
will soon join his partner, Police Officer Megan Nelson, as an official member of the Saginaw Police K-9 unit. Krixus will replace Saginaw K-9 Deebo, who retired earlier this year.

Krixus’ training will include tracking and imprinting him with odors for detection
work. This training will prepare him to detect narcotics, search for lost children and vulnerable adults who wander away from their homes. Krixus will soon be ready to go out on patrol with his new human partner.

The addition of Krixus takes the Saginaw PD K-9 unit total to five K-9 officers.
The police dogs' capabilities are broad as "dual-purpose narcotics" dogs. The Saginaw Police K-9 Division plays an important role in the department’s efforts to curb drug activity on our streets and in the community.

Krixus will be patrol and narcotic certified which means he will be able to seek out hidden drugs and contraband and help to track lost children. The Police Department acquired Krixus through Magnum K9, the source of the Police Department’s K-9 officers since 2019. This current purchase was made using funds donated directly to the Saginaw Police Department.

Saginaw Police Chief Bob Ruth expressed his appreciation for the overwhelming support of this program. “The Saginaw Police Department is very grateful for the support from our community for our K-9 unit. The addition of Krixus is a huge benefit for the department and the citizens of our city. The contributions our K-9 unit brings to our force is immeasurable.”

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