The City of Flint Police Department is welcoming its newest member. Edo the police canine and handler John Boismier have joined the Flint Police Department. Edo is a 1 year old male German Shepard imported from Poland and was donated to the Flint Police Department by the Little Traverse Bay Band Tribal Police Department, located near Petoskey. Officer John Boismier of the Flint Police Department will be Edo’s handler, together they will make up Flint’s K9 unit.
Edo is currently certified through the United States Police Canine Association, Region 19, in explosives detection and human tracking. He is also trained in handler protection and obedience and will be a valuable asset to the FPD. Officer Boismier and Edo will join the cooperative efforts of other Genesee County K9 teams to meet the effective K9 deployment needs for the Flint, Genesee County and broader Southeastern Michigan Law Enforcement Region. The cost of Edo’s care will provided through support from Michigan State University Veterinary Services.
During and after training with his new handler, Officer John Boismier, Edo will stay with the Boismier’s family to strengthen the bond between man and dog. “The two need to develop a trusting relationship with one another in order to work effectively in the field together, just like any police partners,” said Flint Police Chief James Tolbert.
Edo and his partner, Officer Boismier took to the streets in October, 2014.