The Elkins Police Department has welcomed its newest member, and this one arrived with some very special skills.
Macy, a female chocolate lab, is the newest member of the Elkins Police Department.
"We work on tracking and narcotics that's what she's going to be used for. She'll be a great asset to the city of Elkins, and the county of Randolph whoever calls in for assistance," said Cpl C.D. Cross, Macy's handler.
Macy will be the first canine for the Elkins Police Department. Cross said at 18 months old, Macy is ready to start working, and she's eager to go. Cross has had Macy for almost four weeks.
"She's very lovable. She's going to jump on you. It's going to be hard to keep your uniform cleaned. When she wants to jump on you to say hello it's hard for me to hold her back," Cross said. "You just got to warn everybody she's going to get your uniform dirty. Of course, everyone wants to say hello to her, but her hello is jumping on her paws, licking you just like a normal dog."
Cross, who's been with the department for five years, said he and Macy will visit schools and do routine traffic patrols. Cross said his interest in being a K-9 officer comes from his love with animals.
"It's awesome to see them work something out. You can't see this, but they can take a smell, and show you the end of a track or detect an odor that's coming inside a vehicle. It's awesome to work with dogs to see that happen. Everybody is real excited, a lot of us are dog lovers, we have German Shepherds and something like that, just everybody is excited," Cross said.
A $5,000 donation from a private donor was used to purchase Macy, and cover costs for the officer and Macy's training. The Randolph County Board of Education is also helping out with funding.