Trooper Greene, Drogos named as new K9 teamSeptember 19, 2018
From Local Sources
JASPER — The Indiana State Police has announced that Trooper Kaitlyn Greene will serve as the next K-9 handler in the Jasper District.
Greene is a Spencer County native and three-year veteran of the Indiana State Police who came onto the local public’s radar screen in February when she saved a kayaker from drowning as he was being pulled into a culvert.
Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Robbie Lambert says Greene was selected as the district’s new K-9 handler after an arduous selection process that involved a written examination, performance assessment and oral interview.
Greene is currently attending the Indiana State Police K-9 Academy. This is an 11- to 14-week process where numerous K-9 master trainers instill their years of training and expertise into Greene and her K-9 partner, Drogos.
Drogos is a 5-year-old German Shepherd from Poland.
Lambert says Greene and Drogos will be certified in narcotics (heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, crack, cocaine and ecstasy), tracking, aggression, area search, article search and obedience.
Greene and Drogos are expected to complete their training in approximately three months.
After training, Greene and Drogos will be assigned to the Jasper District which covers Spencer, Perry, Crawford, Orange, Dubois, Daviess and Martin counties.
State police K-9 teams are routinely sent to other areas of the state.
Jasper District Commander Lt. Jason Allen said bringing a second K-9 team to the district will be vital for both state and local departments to combat the meth and heroin problems facing local communities.
Allen also cited several examples where state police K-9s have been instrumental in locating missing children and the elderly.
Greene, who graduated from the 74th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in 2014, primarily patrols Spencer County and also serves on the South Zone Dive Team as an underwater search and rescue diver. The rescue earlier this year earned her a state police Life Saving Award.
Greene was patrolling Orchard Road near Spencer County Road 400N in February when she was frantically waved down by the wife of a kayaker who was nearly submerged underwater and clinging to a metal culvert pipe.
Greene had spent the first part of the day doing pool training at Pike Central High School. She was closing out her shift patrolling flooded areas and specifically steered toward the area east of Richland City.
The husband and wife she encountered had been kayaking in an open field that was flooded, police said. When the husband’s kayak was swept through a nearby culvert, he was able to grab the top of the pipe before he was swept underwater and through the culvert, police said.
Greene, who had her underwater search and rescue gear with her, quickly grabbed and secured a throw bag rope under the victim’s armpits and around his back. She treated the victim at the scene for cold water exposure while Spencer County Emergency Medical Services personnel were en route. The victim was treated and released.
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