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New police K9 unit provides immediate dividends


Last updated 1/30/2018 at Noon

Mill Creek’s newest four-legged police officer and his handler were introduced to the community on Thursday night in the city council chambers.  Officer Nathan Lerma and Bagira will spend six months working together in the community before the K-9 begins an intense six-week training course on drug detection. The one-year-old German Shepard is the city’s second canine officer.  If all goes well, the dog and his trainer will begin duty in Mill Creek in 2019.

Lynnwood Police requested the assistance of the Mill Creek Canine Unit in the 4100 block of 196th Street SW late on Saturday evening, Jan. 27. Officers were searching for a 22-year-old Lynnwood man wanted by the Department of Corrections for escape from community custody as well as for a misdemeanor warrant for violation of a domestic violence protection order.

The subject had fled on foot when contacted by officers from Lynnwood.

Officer Nathan Lerma and Police Service Dog Bagira assisted Lynnwood Police in the search for the suspect.

Bagira led officers to a location nearby where the s...

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