Investigator becomes Boone K-9 officer
by Kellen Moore
Master Police Officer Justin Warren is Boone’s newest K-9 handler.
Warren, who has served the last two years as a detective for Boone Police Department, has been transitioning for the last several weeks into the patrol division with 2-year-old German Shepherd Maus by his side.
Maus was donated to the Boone Police Department last year by ASU student Michael Story as he struggled to find an affordable, pet-friendly residence in the area. Maus was originally assigned to Sgt. Scott Mackler.
Maus is a full-service patrol dog, trained in tracking suspects or lost people, criminal apprehension, article searching and narcotics detection.
Warren also brings an array of skills to the partnership, including prior experiences as patrol officer, school resource officer and investigator.
The duo already has been busy. On Tuesday, Maus assisted during a narcotics search warrant, helping officers locate controlled substances — including more than one pound of marijuana — inside a residence, according to the Boone Police Department. The drugs have a street value of $5,800 in Boone, according to police, who also found drug paraphernalia and more than $2,500 in the home.
The case is still being investigated, and specific details of the incident have not yet been released. Arrests are expected to follow from the drug seizure, police said.
“Maus is already proving to be a big help in the mission of the Boone Police Department,” Chief Dana Crawford said. “We feel that canines are a great tool to better serve the citizens of Boone.”
The Boone Police Department also has a black lab mix named Recon who is trained in narcotics detection and works at Watauga High School under the direction of School Resource Officer Bill Hartley.
Warren and Maus are available for presentations at schools and civic groups for those interested in the Boone Police Department’s K-9 program.