New officer: Papi joins Walterboro Police Department
by The Press and Standard | August 29, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 28, 2019 at 12:14 pm
Former police dog Gipsi will retire with her handler.
Gipsi is ending her time on the streets of Walterboro now that her replacement is ready to get to work.
Gipsi, the German shepherd that has been a member of the Walterboro Police Department for seven years, has been retired.
Papi, also a German shepherd, will assume her role in the department.
Gipsi, certified as a narcotic detection canine, became a member of the city’s police department in 2012 and for a short time was teamed with officer Kevin Kinard. Then Corporal Ross Hantz took over as Gipsi’s handler.
The relationship Hantz and Gipsi formed in their years working as a law enforcement team will change, but not end. Gipsi now becomes a pet for the Hantz family.
Lt. Amye Stivender, the department’s public information office, said the department is not quite sure how old Gipsi is; she already had law enforcement experience when she came to Walterboro from another police agency.
Her replacement is 18 months old.
Papi will work with handler Lance Corporal Brandon Duboise and is certified to work both tracking and narcotic detection.
In June, Hydro, a Malinois, was added to the city police department’s K-9 Division, headed by Lt. Kinard.
Both Hydro and Papi were certified through the American Society of Canine Trainers.