KENNEBUNK, Maine — K-9 Otto, the Kennebunk Police Department’s first four-legged officer, has officially been sworn in and received his official police badge from Chief Bob MacKenzie.
Otto, a 1-year-old German shepherd from Croatia and his handler, Officer Kaitlyn Sawyer, recently completed a 14-week training course in obedience, tracking, article searches and patrol work. The team graduated from the Maine State Police 34th Basic Patrol School, at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro on June 21, and last week Otto had his first few days on the job.
He was sworn in by Town Clerk Merton Brown during the Board of Selectmen’s meeting June 25, and Otto dutifully barked in agreement to his new role.
Sawyer is a five-year veteran of the Kennebunk police force and is certified in A.R.I.D.E (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement) and a member of the York County R.I.D.E Team. She is actively involved in the department’s work in addressing the opioid crisis as a recovery coach, and is a member of the department’s honor guard.