Rizzo stepping up Landrum police enforcement

Published 9:26 am Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Landrum patrolman Jeff Duncan with K9 officer Rizzo. (photo by Anne Regan)

The Landrum Police Department recently added Rizzo, a second Belgian Malinois to its canine unit.

This breed has intelligence, drive and rapid learning ability and will not be happy unless it has a job to do.

Landrum Chief of Police Tim Edgens said the force is glad to work with its new K9 member.

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“It’s important to have a good match between the handler and the dog or it just not successful,” Edgens said.

Rizzo’s handler is patrolman Jeff Duncan.

Continual training is required by both Duncan and Rizzo to stay certified.

“Since June 2012 Rizzo and I have logged in over 300 hours,” Duncan said.