BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Today, September 23, 2022, the Beckley Police Department announced the addition of their newest K-9 officer.
Patroller Birchfield and his K-9 partner, Gabo, received their certificates of qualification from the West Virginia Police Canine Association.
More than 200 hours of training and instruction are required to obtain certification and Ptl. Birchfield passed the written exam as well as the practical exercises to become certified in patrol, narcotics and tracking.
“Ptl. Birchfield is dedicated and determined to succeed. I assure you that together they will form an incredible canine team!
Beckley PD K-9 Supervisor, Sgt. Reynolds
Ptl. Birchfield made local history as the first female K-9 officer at the Beckley Police Department.