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Posted on: May 1, 2023

UCPD Welcomes Newest Partner – K-9 Jake


After the sudden loss of K-9 King in early 2023, the University City Police Department is proud to welcome their newest canine partner, K-9 Jake. 

K-9 Jake is an 18-month-old German Shepard and Belgian Malinois mix, and he is still considered a puppy. He recently attended an extensive training course with his K-9 Handler, UCPD K-9 Officer Ray Hussmann.  

“We are excited to welcome K-9 Jake to UCPD. Having a K-9 unit within our department is a critical element in our day-to-day operations as well as a key resource to have in assisting area municipalities. We are looking forward to seeing Officer Hussmann and K-9 Jake on the streets,” said University City Police Chief Larry Hampton. 

K-9 Jake’s training certification comes via the American Man-Trailing, Police and Work Dog Association (AMPWDA).  K-9 Jake is multi-certified in narcotics detection (Meth, Cocaine, Ecstasy and Heroin) and in detection of human tracking, article and evidence searching, building searches, obedience and suspect apprehension. 

K-9 Jake was born in the Czech Republic. He came to America in September 2022.   

UCPD would like to send a special thanks to master dog trainer Brian Dowdy of Dowdy’s Dawgs.  His continued collaboration with the University City community is commended and appreciated.   

K-9 Jake will continue to train with Office Hussmann for the next 16 weeks to increase his skills. And, he will be continuously training for the entirety of his career to maintain his skills. 

Welcome to U City, K-9 Jake!