The Russellville Police Department K-9 Team consisting of MPO Chris Bellar and K-9 Jaxx recently received national certification through the American Police Canine Association. The team traveled to Bedford, Ind. with several other canine teams from various departments to complete the certification. The certification requires the team to complete several phases in each of the following categories: Obedience, Aggression Control, Area Search- for suspect, Building search- for suspect, Article Search, Tracking/Trailing, Narcotics Detection (vehicles and buildings).
MPO Bellar and K-9 Jaxx have been patrolling together since January of 2014. Prior to certifying with the APCA, the team trained at Advanced K-9 Academy in Scottsville, Ky. with Owner/Trainer Gene England, who retired in 2015.