MCPD announces new K-9 member

Submitted photoOfficer Michael Oberle stands with MCPD’s new K-9 “Axel.” 

MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City Police Department Chief Mark Swistek would like to announce the newest member of his department, K-9 “Axel,” who will be partnered with officer Michael Oberle.

In September of 2017, applications were put out to all officers of the department who had an interest in becoming a K-9 handler. After receiving numerous applications, Oberle was selected by the command staff of the department.

In January of 2018, Chief Swistek, along with Oberle, traveled to Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana, to select the department’s newest recruit. After several demonstrations, they picked Axel, a 16-month-old German shepard from Hungary.

Oberle then participated in training for the next six weeks with his new partner where they began their bond and training in drug detention, search and apprehension work. They both graduated on Feb. 23.

Since returning, Axel has bonded with officer Oberle’s family, including his wife Jen, and 2 ½-year-old daughter, Isabella.

Almost immediately, on March 2, Axel was called to duty to assist the Indiana State Police on a vehicle stop here in Michigan City. Axel performed a “free air sniff” on the vehicle in question where he immediately gave a response of drugs present. A search was then conducted where they turned up two small plastic baggies field tested positive for cocaine.

—From staff reports

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