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From Cudahy Chief of Police Thomas D. Poellot
Mayor, Aldermen, and CUPD Staff,
On Wednesday, October 16th, Police Officer Brad Summers was selected to be the 2nd Cudahy Police K-9 handler.
PO Summers began his career with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in April 2001. He developed his career while at MCSO by serving as a SWAT Operator, Motorcycle Patrol, Boat Patrol, and Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU). PO Summers is a Tactical Rifle Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, and Noise Flash Distraction Device Deployment Instructor.
While serving with MCSO TEU, PO Summers frequently spoke at public speaking engagements with various community groups, including speaking with the Cudahy Neighborhood Watch.
During the winter months TEU assignment was to seek out subjects with outstanding arrest warrants. PO Summers was partnered with a K-9 handler for that duty. While serving with MCSO, for 5 years PO Summers assisted with K-9 training on a monthly basis.
After serving approximately 11 years with the MCSO, PO Summers was hired by the Cudahy Police Department on July 16, 2012. PO Summers is working 3rd shift patrol and is serving as a Tactical Operator with our South Shore Joint Tactical Unit (SSJTU).
On Friday, October 18th, PO Summers, Captain Kraker and I went to Steinig Tall Kennels, in Campbellsport, to select the new Cudahy Police K-9. We were introduced to and selected a male German Shepherd named Case, who was very recently imported from Germany. Case will be 2 years old on October 25th. This K-9’s natural ability, combined with his high drive and even temperament will be an outstanding fit for the duty required of a Cudahy Police K-9. Case comes from a kennel in Germany called Salztalblick, which is the same kennel from which Ezzo came. Therefore, Case’s full name is Case vom Salztalblick.
Just like Ezzo, Case is a “dual purpose” K-9. A dual purpose K-9 is a dog that is trained to detect illegal drug odor and is trained in patrol work. Patrol work includes tracking, building searches, area searches, handler protection and suspect apprehension.
PO Summers and K-9 Case begin 4 weeks of training on Monday, October 21st. PO Olson and Ezzo will continue working 4 p.m. to midnight. After completion of training, the current plan is that PO Summers will continue to work the midnight to 8 a.m. shift with Case.
A swearing in ceremony will be planned at a future date for the new K-9 team.
Thomas D. Poellot
Chief of Police
5050 South Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
Phone: (414) 769-2260
Fax (414) 769-2259