Zeus, a Belgian Malinois, is the newest member of the Gardner Police Department and supports the Patrol Division in narcotic detection and patrol operations. Gardner Police Officer James Anderson serves as Zeus’ handler and the pair completed a 30-day training in Texas. The team continued to train locally, obtaining national certification in narcotic detection and patrol operations. Zeus achieved a perfect score during his narcotics detection certification test and received a Level 2 Certification, the highest national certification awarded.
“As a police dog, Zeus’ first priority is to protect his handler,” Chief James Pruetting said. “We want to minimize the chance of an accidental bite to someone. Our own officers will not be able to touch or pet Zeus without the handler’s permission.” Zeus is expected to serve in this job for eight years. Once he is retired, he will remain with Officer Anderson who will train him to become a domesticated pet.