In August 2020, Officer Beckford was partnered with K-9 Lex , a 1 year old German Shepherd who was born in the Germany. Lex was brought to the United States through Steinig Tal Kennels in Campbellsport where K9 Officer Beckford attended an intensive 5 week long K9 handler course under the direction of Larry Filo. Following this course, Officer Beckford and K-9 Lex began working patrol in the City of Fond du Lac October 5, 2020 and continue to train regularly at Steinig Tal Kennels where they also certify each year.
Lex is a certified dual purpose police dog. He is an aggressive alert drug detection dog trained to scratch, bite or bark at the odor of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Lex is also trained to locate and apprehend criminals, track lost or endangered persons and protect his handler.
A special thank you to St Bernard’s Animal Medical Center for their continued support in donating a large portion of K-9 Lex veterinary care and to Kathy at Animal Outfitters for donating all of K-9 Lex dog food. Also, thank you to Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog for outfitting K-9 Lex with stab and bulletproof vest as well as a field medical kit.