The Black Mountain Police Department K-9 program began in 2011 with the first K-9 named Brisco. The K-9 resource assists the Department in providing a more pro-active approach in combating illegal narcotics thus providing a higher quality of life for the Black Mountain community. Drug activity impacts all areas of crime and can have detrimental effects on any community. The Department utilizes the K9 for educational purposes through community outreach programs, schools and civic organizations to reduce the overall negative effects of drug related crimes.
Brisco is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois that was born in Europe. The Police Department, through Drug Seizure Money, purchased Brisco from Shallow Creek Kennels located in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania in April 2011. He is certified in Narcotics Detection to include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Our K-9 certifies yearly through North American Police Work Dog Association. Along with this yearly certification Brisco also trains 16 hours each month. Special thanks to Blue Ridge Animal Hospital for the great service they provide for the K-9 Unit.