On Thursday, April 23rd, the Fayetteville Police Department will officially be presented with its newest addition to the K-9 unit.
K-9 Asta will be presented to Police Chief Tom Bergamine in an appreciation ceremony at 7:00 p.m., at Terry Sanford High School.
K-9 Asta comes to the Police Department as part of a senior project completed by Terry Sanford High School student, Megan Campbell.
As a requirement in the Global Studies program at Terry Sanford, each student must complete a senior project. For her project, in August of 2007, Megan Campbell decided to help train the replacement for K-9 Nikki, one of the elderly dogs on the Fayetteville Police Department. On September 11th, 2007, K-9 Asta, a Belgian Malinois, arrived from Holland at only ten weeks old. Megan worked alongside her father, K-9 Supervisor, Sergeant Tracy Campbell of the Fayetteville Police Department, in order to prepare the puppy for life as a police dog.
Immediately, socialization work began which included introducing the puppy to a variety of different environments. Equipment and obedience training were introduced as well. Gradually, as K-9 Asta got older, the work became more complicated and involved narcotics detection, aggression control, agility, article and building searches, and tracking and trailing.
It is Megan’s hope that K-9 Asta will serve the local community for many, many years by recovering stolen property, detecting illegal substances, and finding missing children.
On Thursday evening, Megan will begin the event with a Powerpoint presentation highlighting K-9 Asta’s training. K-9 Asta will then be introduced along with her trainer, Officer Merriman. The ceremony will conclude with a plaque presented to Chief Tom Bergamine by Megan Campbell. MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media are welcome to attend this ceremony. Interviews will be conducted at the discretion of Megan and Sergeant Tracy Campbell.