The newest addition to Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department K-9 Unit was sworn-in this morning. Tyson, Cleveland Metroparks newest Patrol and Explosives Canine Officer, was sworn-in alongside his partner, Ranger Trevor C. Poole at the Board of Park Commissioners meeting.
Tyson, an eleven-week-old German Shepherd, is the newest canine addition to Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department's K-9 Unit. Tyson will serve as a dual-purpose patrol and explosives detection dog, joining K-9 officers Chase, Rico and Logan, and their handlers Rangers Will Collins, Mike Barr, and Sgt. Tim Garris in patrolling the more than 23,000-acre Park District.
The addition of Tyson allows for proactive protection measures at Cleveland Metroparks busiest park activities. Explosives detection canines have become a common sight at large sporting events, concerts, popular area destinations and at other large-scale events. They are becoming part of a new direction in law enforcement. Five Ohio Universities recently received bomb-sniffing dogs as officials expand a state program that makes more of those canines available for safety needs on and off campuses.
The University of Toledo, Kent State University, Ohio University and Central State University, each received a dog trained to detect explosives. A dog for Cleveland State University received extra training to be part of general patrol operations, according to Ohio Homeland Security.
Canines trained in explosives detection offer an added layer of public security and serve as an important bridge to interact with the public in a positive manner. Additionally, explosives detection canines offer a safe resolution should a bomb threat occur, allowing for a quick return to normal business operations.
Other agencies that have canines trained in explosives detection near Cleveland Metroparks include the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), the Shaker Heights and Cleveland Police Departments, and the University of Akron.
Tyson's handler is Ranger Trevor C. Poole, who has been with the Ranger Department since 2014. Ranger Poole is a 2007 graduate of Youngstown State University, where he also completed his basic Police Academy Training, as an Ohio Certified Peace Officer.