Elkins police add second K9 officer

The Elkins Police Department has a new member – a K9 unit named Armor, the department’s second four-legged officer.

Lt. S.D. Richards told Elkins City Council Thursday that Armor and his handler, Senior Patrolman M.J. Sigley, graduated from training Nov. 1.

This is the first week the pair have worked together for the Elkins force, Richards said.

“They went to school together, they live together,” Richards said. “They have to become very close. It’s all part of the training.”

Armor was purchased from Battle Ridge Kennels of Madison. He joins Officer Macy, a K9 unit who has been on the job for Elkins for the past year.

“(Armor is) very even-tempered, more so than Macie,” Richards said. “She’s very excitable.”

Richards said the K9 officers are scheduled so that one works during the day while the other works at night.

“We think this is going to give us increased coverage,” he said. “This is a good addition to our department.”

Also during Thursday’s meeting:

– Councilman Mark Scott said Mayor Van Broughton has formed a committee to prepare a job description prior to posting the vacant Elkins Police Chief’s position.

Former Chief H.R. White retired Oct. 7. White began his career with the Elkins Police Department in October 1988. He was appointed chief of the department in June 2010.

– Council voted to table discussion on a proposed ordinance that would ban the use of engine compression brakes – also known as “jake brakes” -within city limits.

The proposed ordinance will be revisited at the next council meeting, set for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Elkins City Hall.