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Safety Day at the Lake

Officer John Albright shows his drug dog, Oscar, to a group of visitors to the Lake Safety Day held at the Visitors Center at Mark Twain Lake July 20. Many of the children came forward to pet Oscar and ask questions. Adults in the crowd asked questions but were reluctant to come forward and actually touch Oscar.

Officer John Albright shows his drug dog, Oscar, to a group of visitors to the Lake Safety Day held at the Visitors Center at Mark Twain Lake July 20. Many of the children came forward to pet Oscar and ask questions. Adults in the crowd asked questions but were reluctant to come forward and actually touch Oscar.

Oscar, an all-black German Shepherd, was a hit with the visitors at the Lake Safety Day, at M.W. Boudreaux Visitor Center Saturday, July 20. Officer John Albright held Oscar’s leash and answered questions from the crowd of visitors. Oscar’s training and bond with Albright made it possible for the youngsters to pet Oscar’s head.

Oscar is a working dog, part of the Monroe City Police Force and one of the area’s highly trained drug dogs. Two-years-old and weighing 105 pounds, Oscar has been with Albright since February and lives with Albright and his family. Bred in Europe Oscar takes commands in German and listens only to Albright. He is trained to track and apprehend as well as sniff out drugs. So far Oscar has successfully tracked three people and made 25 street finds.

Oscar is expected to work with the police force for eight to ten years. “Then what happens?” asked one little boy apprehensively. Albright smiled and said “Then he retires to my couch.”

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