“Ester” Reporting For Duty

Huntingburg Police officer Josh Hemmer with his new partner "Ester."   The two form the county's fourth K-9 unit and the first for HPD. PHOTO: Huntingburg Police Department

Huntingburg Police officer Josh Hemmer with his new partner “Ester.” The two form the county’s fourth K-9 unit and the first for HPD.
PHOTO: Huntingburg Police Department

HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – The county’s newest officers is making the rounds this week.

Ester, a two-year old purebred German Shepherd is the newest addition to the Huntingburg Police Department.

Ester officially become part of the department this week and is teamed with HPD officer Josh Hemmer, a self-proclaimed dog lover.

Ester was introduced to the public Wednesday during the annual Mistletoe Walk at Niehaus Park in Huntingburg on Wednesday evening.  Ester was introduced to members of the Huntingburg City Council Thursday evening.

Ester and Hemmer have been training at Fraternal Order of Police camp near Evansville for the last month.  The two will return to the FOP camp Saturday to complete their final certification test making Ester a fully-trained drug detection dog.

Private donations and money from the Huntingburg council have paid for all the needed expenses, approximately $12,000 to train Ester and modify Hemmer’s HPD squad car into a K-9 unit.

About a year ago, HPD chief Art Parks petitioned the city council for a police dog.  Ester and Hemmer become the fourth K-9 unit in the county.   Jasper police have one and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department has two.   In the past, Huntingburg police have called either the JPD or DCSD K-9 units when needed.

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