Tigger Gets Sworn In
Cpl. Scott Hodge with UPD's latest officer, Tigger. (Chanticleer Photo)
By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau
April 6, 2004 -- Tigger, an energetic, blonde
retriever strained against his leash on a recent Friday afternoon as he was
sworn in as a "reserve member" of the Jacksonville Police Department and
Jacksonville State University PD. During the ceremony he jumped up on nearby
officers, wiggled, and nosed around.
Saying that Tigger has already
made an impact on the department, Chief Terry Schneider swore in its only K-9
member. Tigger will work on a reserve basis, along with his owner, Cpl. Scott
Hodge, who confirmed Tigger's oath.
"We're happy to have you," said
Schneider. "Thank you and welcome." He added that the police officers considered
Tigger an additional tool in their arsenal against drugs, explosives and
Tigger appeared to enjoy the
attention of a crowd of cameras, reporters and bystanders as he was sworn in,
paw printed and given a badge. The presentation took place Friday afternoon in
front of Bibb Graves on the JSU campus.
Tigger was trained by the Auburn
K-9 unit at Fort
McClellan to work with police
departments. He has been with the Jacksonville City Police Department for
several months, and has been on the job at JSU as well.
Tigger got his name, Hodge
explained, from the K-9 unit who adopted him for training. The dog's tendency to
pounce reminded them of the character of Tigger in the Winnie-the-Pooh cartoons.
Hodge provides a home for Tigger and maintains a diligent training effort to
keep the dog's skills sharp and responsive.
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