The dogs will be handled by police officers Gary Bender, Evan Mosley and Lindsey Schwarber.
Bender will handle Battle, a 1-year-old German Shepherd; Mosley will handle Maui, a 1-year-old German Shepherd; and Schwarber will handle Maverick, a 1-year-old Malinois, according to the department.
Bender, 37, has 12 years police experience; Mosley, 30, has been on the force for three years; and Schwarber, 29, has been a police officer for two years, according to police records.
They will join Denny Jordan and Tony Gibson and their canines, Koda and Bear.
The three new dogs are from Germany, and each costs $8,000. Of the $24,000, fundraisers from the Fraternal Order Police Auxiliary, Moose Lodge and Riders for Life generated $16,000, officials said. The remaining $8,000 will come out of the police department’s budget.
Two of the department’s canines, Chase and Aki, have retired and will remain at home with their handlers, Ryan Morgan and Marco Caito.
In 2017, Middletown’s Division of Fire became the first department in the region to have an accelerant detection canine officer. Scottie, a Labrador retriever from the Animal Friends Humane Society, is handled by firefighter Chris Klug.
The canine is named in honor of a fallen Middletown firefighter, Scott D. Bruggeman, who died in 2016 after battling health issues for two years.
Because of his keen sense of smell that was trained, Scottie can detect 15 different possible accelerants used in a fire faster than humans or traditional equipment, Klug said. He has also been trained to detect accelerants even days after the fire started.