Jackson has a new K9 team serving the community. Officer Autumn Schram is the Jackson Police Department’s new K9 handler and is paired with Taz, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois.
The duo recently completed training and are ready to assist police with search operations. Trained to find missing people, suspects, narcotics and objects important to an investigation, K9s are a vital part of police work.
Officer Schram has been a patrol officer in Jackson for five years and is now the department’s first female K9 handler. “I’m looking forward to making a difference in the community and using this extra tool to help people, whether that’s keeping drugs off the street or finding a suspect in a crime,” Officer Schram said.
Elmer Hitt, Director of Police and Fire Services, welcomes Taz to the JPD community. “Officer Schram and Taz will serve an important role for JPD and other surrounding law enforcement agencies,” Hitt said.
Taz lives with Officer Schram full time and is on duty with her at work. When they’re not working or resting, the K9 team continues to hone their searching skills. The department’s previous K9, Gleeson, retired this winter after working with Detective Mike Galbreath for seven years.