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The newest member of the Jasper Post of the Indiana State Police is trained and ready to hit the streets, and only requires that he be fed, watered, and have his belly rubbed. In a ceremony Friday at the Indiana State Police Museum in Indianapolis, State Police Superintendent Doug Carter recognized the achievements of six Indiana State Troopers in completing their 12 week training with their newest K9 partners. Jasper District Trooper Steven Sexton and his new partner “Magill” were among the six to complete the K9 class, and are ready to begin patrol as a K9 unit in the Jasper District.In a release Sexton says he’s excited to get started working in the district and surrounding areas, completing and assisting in investigations and apprehensions to better serve the community. Sexton, a nine year veteran of the department says   being a K9 handler is something he’s always wanted to do and getting to do so is an honor with K9 Magill. Magill, an almost two year old German Sheppard, holds an extra special place in Sexton’s heart.  He bears the namesake of Master Trooper Detective Rick Magill, who passed away unexpectedly in November 2013. Magill is a full-service K9, being trained and certified in drug recognition, tracking, and apprehension.  Sexton and Magill will work their first shift together next week.

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