The Silver Spring Police Department K9 team consists of Officers David Jenkins and Bruder.
Bruder, a Belgian Malinois and German Sheppard mix, was born on October 11th, 2007 in Slovakia where he received his initial training. He was selected by Silver Spring Police from Castle K9 of Mechanicsburg in January 2009. Officer Jenkins was selected to be Bruder’s handler and the team attended training at Castle K9 during the month of March 2009. This training consisted of over 250 hours in which Bruder was cross-trained in patrol and narcotics detection. Bruder and Dave now train on a continual basis.
Bruder is trained in various aspects of police work and has been used in many police incidents since the start of the program. He has participated in drug seizures both large and small, human tracking, area and building searches as well as numerous criminal apprehensions.
Officer Jenkins has been a Silver Spring police officer since 2004 and has been Bruder’s partner since March 2009. Together, Officer Jenkins and Bruder provide a valuable service to the law enforcement officers and citizens of Silver Spring Township and the surrounding area.
The Silver Spring Township Police Department would like to thank the businesses and residents who helped, and continue to support, the K9 program by offsetting many of the costs associated with this program.