The University of Toledo Police Department (UTPD) is gearing up to welcome an officer of a different breed.Quinty is a male Belgian Malinois with explosive-detection training. He is funded through an Ohio Homeland Security grant, which covers his purchase cost, training fees, veterinary care and other equipment that may be needed.
Quinty’s breed is commonly used for tasks that include detection of odors such as explosives, accelerants and narcotics; tracking of humans for suspect apprehension; and search and rescue missions. The United States Secret Service uses the breed to guard the grounds of the White House.
An event to welcome Quinty will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the UT Transportation Center.
A number of local and state officials will be on hand to discuss Quinty’s arrival and training. Expected to attend the press conference are John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety; Richard Baron, executive director of Ohio Homeland Security; UT Police Chief Jeff Newton; and UTPD Officer Kevin Zimmerman, who will be working with Quinty.
“We are excited to welcome Quinty to the UT campus,” Newton said. “Quinty brings a new dimension to our safety efforts and will be protecting the campus for many years to come.”