Medina PD announces name for new K-9: Phoenix

Provided photo: Medina police officer Jacob Reeves does a drill with the department’s new K-9, Phoenix.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 July 2020 at 11:01 am

MEDINA – The votes are in and Medina’s new K-9 will be named Phoenix.

The department welcomed community feedback for the dog’s name. The options included Bandit, Erie, Phoenix, Gunner, Apollo and Raider.

Phoenix and Jacob Reeves, the department’s K-9 handler, have started a 14-week training program.

Phoenix is a Belgian Malinois. The K-9 team will train in patrols and drug detection.

Phoenix will replace Kye as the department’s K-9 in the fall after the training is complete. Kye has been the Medina PD’s K-9 for eight years.

Reeves also will replace Lt. Todd Draper as the department’s K-9 handler.

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