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Lancaster Police Department welcomes first K-9 member to team

Omega is the first in the K-9 unit and the first member of the department’s directed patrol unit. He will be joining Officer Austin Pierce on assignments.
Credit: Lancaster Police Department

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Lancaster Police Department's first-ever K-9 has completed his training and is ready to start work.

The police department held a contest for naming the pup last November and the winner was announced Sunday. 

The winner of the contest, a student at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, decided that the K-9 should be named “Omega” since he’s a watchdog.

Omega is the first member of the K-9 unit and the department’s new Directed Patrol Unit. He will be joining Officer Austin Pierce on assignments.

Omega began training in December 2022 and will be helping with community integration by responding to quality-of-life issues in Lancaster.

In a Facebook post, the department said, “Often times, requests for specific or targeted enforcement, engagement appearances, and education are carefully scheduled and filled based upon officer availability. Ofc. Pierce, along with additional members of the Directed Patrol Unit, will concentrate on these specialized activities within the community and work hand in hand with our citizens.”

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