- People who try to hide drugs in their cars don't stand a chance against Eros. He's the Merrill Police Department's new K9.
In the few months that he's been on the job, he's helped officers find a lot of drugs.
Merrill's Police Chief is so happy with Eros' work, he wants to make sure the department will always have a K9 unit. But the costs of getting and training a new K9 are expensive. That's why the Merrill Police Department is already raising money for the future.
"Our plan is to have a succession plan for when Eros retires," explained Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff. "Whether that be in two years or 10 years, we [want] to have some funding set aside to start over with another K9."
Eros is a friendly dog. But he's been trained to listen to different police commands. He will bite if he's told to.
"He knows what he's supposed to do with those commands," says Officer Matt Drabeck. "It's a switch. Once I give him those commands, that switch goes on and he does what he needs to do. Then it's back to him loving you, licking your face, all calm and laid back."
To make sure the department has enough money to get a new K9 after Eros retires, the office is selling water bottles and medallions with Eros' photo on them. You can buy them at the police station.