LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) — Liberty Police Department’s newest K9 team is ready for duty.

Patrolman Tyler Beck and K9 Shelby will start their first shift together Wednesday.

The two just graduated Friday after completing six weeks of training at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville.

Shelby is a year and a half-old Belgian Malinois who was born in Europe. He’s been in the U.S. for a few months now.

Shelby is trained to find drugs, track violent fugitives as well as missing children and adults, and apprehend suspects.

Beck said Shelby is an invaluable asset to the department.

The department shared these pictures of the duo on Facebook.

  • Liberty Police K9 Shelby
  • Liberty Police K9 Shelby and handler Officer Beck

Beck started working for Liberty a little more than three years ago and said having a K9 partner is a dream come true.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for nine years. This has been my top career goal since I began my law enforcement journey. It’s very cool to be able to live that through,” said Beck.

Shelby joins K9 Officer Leo at Liberty PD. It’s the first time the department has had two K9s on the force at the same time.

He’s the fourth K9 in Liberty Police Department history. The department was able to pay for Shelby through asset forfeitures.