In August 2016 a goal was accomplished and a dream achieved by Andrea Alt.
After having served 10½ years as a police officer, Alt enrolled in a K-9 training program. Fourteen weeks later she became the Amberley Village Police Department’s first female K-9 handler.
Creed, her German Shepherd, has been by her side now for close to 2½ years. He arrived from Czechoslovakia at the age of 16 months.
“When I first met him,” says Andrea, “he was like a wild animal who did not trust anyone. After a few weeks of training, and hours on end, I was able to get him to not leave my side. Building that trust was amazing.”
Amberley Village is one of approximately ten police departments with K-9 units in Hamilton County, Ohio.
Based on their overall health, dogs trained for K-9 units can serve from 7-12 years. But there’s more to life than just service. The years of working together bonds the dogs and their handlers.
So, when Creed retires he will remain with Andrea — as a lifetime companion.