HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – After years of service, Harrisburg K-9 officer Reno was forced to retire earlier than expected due to medical issues. His human partner, however, will be in good hands.
Officer James Hawkins has been paired up with a new police dog, recently picked up from North Carolina following a long voyage from Europe.
The Belgian Malinois will now spend weeks bonding with Officer Hawkins, doing patrol and narcotics training.
Hawkins chose to name his new partner, K-9 Peiper, in honor of Corporal Dan Peiper.
In April 2013, Cpl. Peiper was inside an SUV that a man fleeing from police crashed into.
Peiper was seriously injured and his K-9 Thor was also hurt.
“It means a lot for us K-9 handlers to name our dogs, it’s an honor,” said Peiper.
These days, Peiper works part-time with the department. Though he won’t be able to return to the K-9 Unit, he’s still considered part of the pack.