The partnership, Muterspaw said, will allow Middletown to use its five canine officers to do interdiction with OSP on the interstate, ramps, Ohio 4, Germantown Road and other major thoroughfares.
By using Middletown’s canines in this capacity with the state patrol, the department can be “more efficient and more productive,” he said.
He said the state patrol has jurisdiction and specializes in traffic stops, while Middletown police have drug investigative and street level knowledge. It’s time for the agencies to work together, he said.
Sgt. Dexter Howard of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Hamilton post said the state patrol is “over saturating” Middletown by going to different areas at different times and different days.
“We’re focusing on the multiple routes into the city to help combat the heroin and opiate crisis,” Howard said.