KEYSER - The Keyser Police Department will soon have a second K-9 officer among its ranks.
Chief Tom Golden announced Wednesday during the Keyser City Council meeting that the department had purchased a K-9, “Edge,” from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the dog would be handled by Officer Chase McKenzie.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser Police Department will soon have a second K-9 officer among its ranks.
Chief Tom Golden announced Wednesday during the Keyser City Council meeting that the department had purchased a K-9, “Edge,” from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the dog would be handled by Officer Chase McKenzie.
The department purchased K-9 officer “Tattle” and introduced her to the mayor and council in July. Tattle is handled by Officer Doug Rumor, and is trained to detect drugs, conduct searches and attack on command.
According to Golden, Edge is trained in drug detection only, and the department has already be contacted by some of the area schools to have the K-9 officer do a run-through.
Golden explained that Jefferson County sold Edge to Keyser because “they wanted an attack dog, so they had to give this one up in order to get one.”
Edge is a 16-month-old German shepherd, and is already trained, but Officer McKenzie will have to undergo handler training before the two can hit the streets together.
In his report to the council, Golden also said the department had answered 470 calls during the past month, and “most involved disputes or disturbances.”
“We made 20 arrests, and nine to ten of them were felonies,” he said.