The Stephenville Police Department has announced new members of the force, Buky the K-9 officer and his handler Officer Gary Roberts, for the start of the department’s first ever K-9 Program.

“K-9 Officer Buky was purchased and trained at Tejas Elite Canine, which is accredited and affiliated with both American Working Dogs and the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers,” states the SPD press release. “Buky’s handler, Officer Gary Roberts, has 11 years of experience as a police officer.”

Roberts started his career in Stephenville then spent some time with the Rosenberg Police Department before coming back to the SPD in 2011.

“Officer Buky will be used in street patrol, drug enforcement and officer protection,” the release states. “Officer Buky is trained to alert to the odor of illegal narcotics, not only in vehicles, but in buildings, open areas and on persons.”

Besides that, Buky will also be involved in apprehending fleeing and tracking criminal/violent offenders, which will help to reduce safety risks to officers. 

“We feel that the addition of Officer Buky will add invaluably to the services that the Stephenville Police Department provides to the community,” the release states. 

The Stephenville PD will introduce officers Buky and Roberts to the community at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Bruner Motors, Inc. (1515 W. South Loop).