CMPD is adding adding a bloodhound to the department. According to a report by WSOC Eyewitness News the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department currently has 14 dogs. They are all German Shepherds or Malawas, a breed similar in appearance and temperament to a Shepherd.
But a bloodhound is a purpose breed, with a far more powerful nose than a Shepherd and famed for its ability to follow a scent hours or even days old over great distances. Its extraordinarily keen nose is combined with a strong and tenacious tracking instinct is well matched to missing person cases.
The new dog's handler and partner will be CMPD officer Steve Arnold who has been with the K-9 Unit for three weeks learning on how to work with the dog and trainers before he begins to work with and the dog.
Arnold will leave next week to meet the bloodhound in Scotland Neck, a town an hour north of Raleigh. He'll stay there and train with the dog for at least six weeks.
The new dog's sex is still unknown, and the unit is still narrowing down a list of potential names for the $8,500.00 dog.
Cedar thinks Ol' Red is a fine name as is Blake Shelton's song.
WSOC TV's complete report and video is here.