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Maryland Natural Resources Officer and K-9 Graduated
On May 8, 2009, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) Officer Tim Pheabus and K-9 partner, “Ruddy” graduated from the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources ten week canine academy. The K-9 team of Officer Pheabus and Ruddy was certified in human tracking, article recovery, and wildlife detection. They will be able to assist in searches for overdue or lost persons throughout Maryland’s diverse public and private lands. The team will enhance the protection of Maryland’s natural resources by detecting illegal obtained wildlife and assisting in recovering evidence that was discarded in the commission of a crime. Officer Pheabus and Ruddy are assigned to Calvert County. They will support NRP’s Southern Region, which encompasses Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. The addition of Officer Pheabus and Ruddy brings the total number of canine units that are assigned to the Natural Resources Police to five. One K-9 unit is assigned to each of the four regions in the state. All of these units possess the ability to track humans and detect wildlife and evidence. The fifth canine unit is a state wide unit that has ability to detect live scent and human remains in both land and aquatic environments.
May 13, 2009
Contact: Sgt. Art Windemuth
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov