Canine Unit History

The Marietta Police Department established its canine unit in 1997 under Chief Brett McKitrick and since its inception the department has had 8 canines.

K-9 Marco was a Belgian Malinois from Germany and was trained in narcotics, building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension. K-9 Marco was partnered with handler Ptl. T.M. Hickey from September 1997-October 2002.

K-9 Boyd was a Belgian Malinois born in Marietta, Ohio and named after Marietta Police Officer Harrison Boyd who was killed in the line of duty on January 11, 1925. Boyd was trained in narcotics, building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension. K-9 Boyd was partnered with handler Ptl. T.M. Hickey from October 2002-October 2012.

K-9 Binkie was a Belgian Malinois from Germany and was trained in narcotics, building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension. K-9 Binkie was partnered with handler Ptl. G.V. McClelland from March 2003-October 2007.

K-9 Diego was a Belgian Malinois from the Czech Republic and was trained in narcotics, building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension. K-9 Diego was partnered with handler Ptl. G.V. McClelland from October 2007-February 2014.

K-9 Ajax was a German Shepherd from Germany and was trained in narcotics, building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension. K-9 Ajax was partnered with handler Ptl. T.M. Hickey from October 2012 until they both retired in January 2016.

K-9 Edo is a Belgian Shepherd from Germany and was trained in narcotics, building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension. K-9 Edo was partnered with handler Ptl. G.V. McClelland from February 2014-September 2020 when he retired early after sustaining an injury in the line of duty.

K-9 LuLu is a Bloodhound from West Virginia and is trained in tracking/trailing. K-9 LuLu has been partnered with Ptl. G.V. McClelland from September 2019-Present.

K-9 Grando is a German Shepherd from Croatia and is trained in narcotics, building searches, area searches, article searches, tracking, and suspect apprehension. K-9 Grando has been partnered with Ptl. G.V. McClelland from September 2020 to Present.

BoydV1 BlinkieV1 DiegoV1
Boyd (2002-2012) Binkie (2003-2007) Diego (2007-2014)
AjaxV1 EdoV1 LuLuV1
Ajax (2012-2016) Edo (2014-2020) Lulu (2019-Present)
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  Grando (2020-Present)