Officer and K-9 on duty for KDPS, as agency continues rebuild

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

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KDPS Officer Cole Nagy with the department’s newly certified K-9 officer, “Teska.”

 

KALKASKA – At several points in recent years, staff meetings at the Kalkaska Department of Public Safety have been a lonely experience. That’s because, at times, the KDPS employed just one lone law enforcement officer.

The good news for the KDPS and village residents, but bad news for criminals, is the agency is about to welcome back one officer at nearly the same time its new K-9 unit starts patrol duties within the village.

KDPS Officer Cole Nagy informed Kalkaska Village Council members at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 4, that fellow Officer Kylie Argyle was slated to return to duty later in the week.

Earlier in the year, Argyle had been notified she was being recalled to military duty and would be shipping out to Qatar, where she was slated to serve as a military police officer into early 2020. But, according to village officials, before Argyle could deploy, she was injured in a vehicle accident.

Either way, Argyle’s absence once again left Sgt. Aaron Popa along as the department’s only certified officer. Scott Yost, who serves both as village manager and KDPS director, does not hold such state certification.

Nagy, originally hired by the KDPS in 2016 before moving to Florida two years later, was rehired by the village in June. And, thanks to a donation of $13,500 by All Green Transport, Nagy now has a new partner – a Polish-born German shepherd, “Teska.”

The duo recently completed a five-week training course in Eaton Rapids, where Teska earned multiple certifications in narcotics tracking, human tracking, building and vehicle searches and article searches.

“She’s certified and ready to go,” Nagy said. “She’s young. She’s full of energy.

“She’s just a non-stop worker.”

According to Nagy, Teska will be the only K-9 in use by a Kalkaska County law enforcement agency.

The training is important for several reasons, including providing time for the new duo to develop the necessary bond. However, the building of that bond was temporarily interrupted by Nagy’s wedding to Kalkaska resident Kendra Gall on Oct. 19.

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