“A lot of people, where they don’t respect police, they do respect the dog,” Haas said. “Also, a dog’s nose is a
lot more sensitive for drugs.” Realistically, Haas said, six K9s might be the most the police department can expect.
And that goal got closer last week with the delivery of its fourth working dog, a male Belgian Malinois
who now answers to the name “Treu.”
The dog was imported from France to a company in Virginia that also supplies the military.
The city used $6,000 in drug case forfeiture funds to buy it. Partner is Officer Michael Calchi, who got to name
the animal. Treu is a German word that translates as “loyal” or “trusty.”
Calchi and Treu started a 16-week training course Thursday at the Atlantic County K9 Academy in Corbin City.
“He’s got a good temper,” Calchi said. “We bonded very well. He has come to work with me for a couple days.”
Calchi’s partner is the second Malinois the department has accepted.
The first one, named “Tyson,” is assigned to Officer John Butschky.
Both Treu and Tyson are from a breed designed for herding and other fieldwork. At about 65 pounds,
they are smaller than the average male German shepherd but compensate with quickness.
Haas said the city was looking at dogs from several other vendors when a representative from the American K9
Interdiction brought Treu to Atlantic County’s K9 school for a demonstration.
This dog just stood out,” Haas said. Calchi, in his third year with the department, was one of a dozen officers
who expressed interest last fall in K9 training. Multiple interviews and tests — including serving
as human targets for K9s — narrowed the field to Calchi.
Haas said the department hopes to buy a fifth dog this fall.
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