Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) K-9 program received a new patrol dog to aid in the protection and service of Tennessee. The new K-9 was donated to the THP by Ali Hemyari with Nashville K-9, LLC. The K-9 is a three-year-old German Shepherd, named Tage, and was previously trained by the Swiss Police to be a Patrol Dog.
“This is just a tremendous opportunity for the THP to be able to perform at an even higher level of capability,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “The number one goal of the THP is to protect the citizens of Tennessee and this patrol dog will help us to do just that.”
The cost to our department for a dog of this standard would have cost taxpayers approximately $16,000.00.
With the assistance of Stephanie Hitchcock with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Foundation and Ali Hemyari with Nashville K-9, LLC we are proud to say this trained Patrol dog will become a part of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Operations Team, with Trooper Zach Newton to be the handler.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.