September 21, 2014

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PHOTO: New K-9 police dog joins Brunswick officers

Nico, a 1½-year-old Belgian Malinois, is the newest addition to the Brunswick Police Department. He will be assisting Officer Mark Luciano in drug arrests and search tasks. Nico replaces Brunswick police’s K-9 Blackjack, who officially retired Monday. Nico has been certified by the state to perform patrol and narcotics work. He already is on the job with his handler. Nico was born in Holland and was transported to Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania where he and Luciano completed training. Luciano also owns and handles Blackjack, who is 9½ years old. He said he’ll miss working with him. “He’s been a good partner for the last five years,” Luciano said. He said his children were excited to have Blackjack home during the day to play. “He’s going to take on the role of house dog,” Luciano said. In addition to drug searches and seizures, Nico is qualified to help with crowd control, search and apprehension of fleeing suspects, tracking lost people, building searches and recovering evidence from crimes. (PHOTO PROVIDED)