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UC welcomes new explosive detection K-9 to the force

Sniff, search and sit is how Harley, the new University of Cincinnati K-9, is trained for her role as an explosive detection dog.”She’s automatic. She’s a super quick sitter. There’s no hesitation with her. She’s very smart, very fast,” Officer Lori Cronin said. Harley is a German short-haired pointer from Hungary. Cronin, a 27-year veteran, chose Harley after she herself went through a series of interviews, a physical fitness test and other steps to earn her dream job.Cronin’s father was a K-9 handler, fostering her love of dogs and the profession.”Even though this is much later in my career, it was the first time that I had the chance to do so, and I was going to do whatever I needed to do,” Cronin said. Cronin is the first female explosive detection K-9 handler in the region, and Harley is the second female explosive detection K-9 in the region.Cronin and Harley are on call to handle bomb threats at schools, helping secure Bengals games and any threats within a hour radius of our area. This new partnership was made possible through the Haverkamp Foundation. “We were really just taken by the relationship, the beauty of the relationship between the K-9 and the handler,” donor Amy Power said.

Sniff, search and sit is how Harley, the new University of Cincinnati K-9, is trained for her role as an explosive detection dog.

“She’s automatic. She’s a super quick sitter. There’s no hesitation with her. She’s very smart, very fast,” Officer Lori Cronin said.

Harley is a German short-haired pointer from Hungary.

Cronin, a 27-year veteran, chose Harley after she herself went through a series of interviews, a physical fitness test and other steps to earn her dream job.

Cronin’s father was a K-9 handler, fostering her love of dogs and the profession.

“Even though this is much later in my career, it was the first time that I had the chance to do so, and I was going to do whatever I needed to do,” Cronin said.

Cronin is the first female explosive detection K-9 handler in the region, and Harley is the second female explosive detection K-9 in the region.

Cronin and Harley are on call to handle bomb threats at schools, helping secure Bengals games and any threats within a hour radius of our area.

This new partnership was made possible through the Haverkamp Foundation.

“We were really just taken by the relationship, the beauty of the relationship between the K-9 and the handler,” donor Amy Power said.

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