Lakeway Police to receive second K-9 officer after recent donation


Lakeway Police expect to have a second four-legged officer on patrol by August, according to former mayor Joe Bain.

Rino is a 20-month-old, male, German Shepherd who is in his first week of training at Pacesetter Kennels in Liberty Hill. The Polish-born dog will be trained in drug detection and tracking skills, Bain wrote in his weekly blog.

“His training will last for 5-6 weeks and then he will come to his new handler, LPD Officer Gilbert Hernandez, for additional training and acclimation,” Bain wrote. “Officer Hernandez is a retired Travis County deputy and master K-9 handler/trainer who recently joined LPD.”

Lakeway citizen and recent citizens police academy graduate Melanie DeMayo made a financial donation to the Lakeway Police Foundation for the sole purpose of acquiring a new police dog. The police department was able to purchase Rino June 1.

Lakeway Police expect the department’s newest K-9 team to be on patrol in August, joining Officer Sheldon Banta and his K-9 partner Cory.

“A big ‘thank you’ to Melanie DeMayo for her generous donation, and to the Lakeway Police Foundation, President Bob Stubbs and all of the board members for this wonderful resource,” Bain wrote.

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Rob Maxwell
Rob Maxwell joined the world of print journalism and Community Impact in Sept. 2017 as editor of the Lake Travis - Westlake edition. He previously enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in radio and television news. In his spare time, Rob can be found scoping out area climbing walls and hiking trails. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife and daughters and looks forward to receiving his LCP edition of Community Impact Newspaper every month.
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